Are you a medical student or working in related fields? Or just a curious person by nature? Then our collection of common medical terms and concepts can help you better understand this fascinating side of science and art. The... necronomicon of medicine.
Amnesia [ psychology ]Amnesia is loosely defined as the loss of memory. In can take many forms with varying duration and severity but the most common two are:
- retrograde amnesia - the inability to remember information from the past;
- anterograde amnesia - the inability to form new memories.
Asylum [ psychology ]A type of hospital from which patients cannot freely enter or exit. Most medical personnel (such as doctors, nurses or orderlies) are also bound by very strict regulations when working there. Usually meant for patients with sever mental health issues that require constant supervising or in order to quarantine patients with sever infectious diseases that can spread very rapidly.
Burnout [ psychology ]Currently considered a "problem related to life management" by the ICD. Manifests very similarly to a depressive syndrome, meeting most diagnostic criteria.
Depression [ psychology ]A mental disorder characterized by low mood, low self-esteem, loss of interest in normally enjoyable activities, low energy, and pain without a clear cause. Generally considered a precursor to many other health disorders both physically and mentally.
Psycho-Somatic [ psychology ]A psycho-somatic pathology is considered any sign, symptom or other manifestation of a disease that is felt by the patient without an identifiable cause where one should exist. In other words, a subjective complaint that can not be substantiated by any clinical or paraclinical investigation.
Psychology [ psychology ]Psychology is the medical science that handles thought and cognition. While neurology is about the form and function of various nervous cells and organs, psychology focuses on the end result of various cognitive processes.