Mental Health Terms

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There are currently 9 names in this directory beginning with the letter H.

False sensory perception of something that is not really there. It may involve, vision, touch, taste or smell.

Histrionic Personality Disorder

A disorder with pervasive and excessive emotionality and attention-seeking behaviour. This pattern begins by early adulthood and is present in a variety of contexts.

HIV disease, Dementia due to

A dementia that is judged to be the direct consequence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) disease.

Huntington’s Disease

A disease with involuntary jerky movements particularly affecting the shoulders, hips and face, and accompanied by a progressive dementia.


Excessive sleepiness for at least one (1) month as evidenced prolonged sleep episodes or by daytime sleep episodes occurring almost daily.

Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder

A deficiency or absence of sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity which is causing marked distress or interpersonal difficulty.


Preoccupation with fears of having, or the idea that one has a serious disease based on a misinterpretation of one or more bodily signs or symptoms.

Hypomanic episode

A distinct period during which there is a mild degree of mania or elevated mood that lasts at least four (4) days. This period must be accompanied by at least three (3) symptoms: decreased need for sleep, rapid and animated speech, flight of ideas, etc.


A neurosis, with emotional instability, repression, dissociation and physical symptoms such as paralysis. This is not the same as malingering and it should not be confused with psychopathic conditions.

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