Glossary


Mental Health Terms

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There are 8 names in this directory beginning with the letter E.
Eating disorders
Severe disturbances of eating behaviour in which people starve themselves or use other techniques to induce weight loss. See also: Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa.

Ego
The part of the mind that develops from a person’s experience of the outside world and is most in touch with external realities.

Electro Convulsive Therapy (ECT)
A treatment for severe depression and sometimes for Schizophrenia and mania. A convulsion is produced by passing an electric current through the brain.

Electroencephalogram (EEG)
A tracing to record electrical discharges in the brain. The pattern of EEG reflects the state of the person’s brain and level of consciousness. EEG is used to detect and locate disease such as tumours and epilepsy.

Euphoria
A sense of extreme well-being and optimism, the absence of pain or stress which might be exaggerated in psychiatric cases.

Exhibitionism
Exposure of one’s genitals to a stranger.

Expressive Language Disorder
An impairment in expressive language development.

Extended inpatient services
Providing ongoing assessment, long-term treatment and rehabilitation on an inpatient basis, where a severe level of impairment exists. Treatment is focused on prevention of deterioration and reduction in impairment.

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