Mental Health Terms

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There are currently 6 names in this directory beginning with the letter F.
Family therapy

Psychotherapeutic treatment of the family as a unit to clarify and modify the ways they relate together and communicate.


Sexual attraction to an inappropriate object (known as a ‘fetish’). It may be part of the body, clothing, eg. women’s underpants, bras, stockings, shoes, boots or other objects such a leather handbags, rubber sheets.

Flashbacks (Hallucinogen Persisting Perception Disorder)

A vivid involuntary reliving of the experiences during episodes of drug intoxication. The person must have had no recent hallucinogen intoxication and must show no current drug toxicity.

Foster care

Type of living arrangement by which clients are placed with selected families.


Touching and rubbing against a non-consenting person as a means of sexual pleasure. The behaviour usually occurs in crowded places from which the individual can more easily escape arrest.

Functional overlay

A psychological condition which has caused or aggravated the physical symptoms.

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