Glossary


Mental Health Terms

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

Hypersomnia
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.

Hypochondriasis
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.

Hysteria
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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