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Mental Health Terms

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There are 11 names in this directory beginning with the letter M.
Male Orgasmic Disorder (formerly Inhibited Male Orgasm)
A persistent or recurrent delay in, or absence of, orgasm following a normal sexual excitement phase.

Malingering
Pretending to be ill, usually in order to avoid work or to gain attention or access to drugs.

Mania
A state of mind characterised by excessive cheerfulness and increased activity. The mood is euphoric and changes rapidly to irritability. Thought and speech are rapid to the point of incoherence and behaviour may be overactive, extravagant, overbearing. There may be grandiose delusions.

Manic episode
A distinct period during which there is an abnormally and persistently elevated, expansive or irritable mood. This period of abnormal mood must last at least one (1) week.

Manic-Depressive Psychosis (Bipolar Affective Disorder)
A severe mental illness with repeated episodes of mania and depression. The person is usually well in the intervals between episodes.

Mental health
A dynamic process in which a person’s physical, cognitive, affective, behavioural and social dimensions interact functionally with one another and with the environment.

Mental Health Act
The Act of Parliament governing the care of people with severe mental illness. The Act provides for involuntary admission and treatment of a person who is considered to be a danger to themselves or others.

Mental illness
Physical, cognitive, affective, behavioural and social patterns that interact dysfunctionally with the environment.

Mental status examination
Examination in which the following mental processes are reviewed: appearance and behaviour, thought content, sensorium and intellect, thought processes, emotional tone and insight.

Mixed Affective State
A Mixed Episode is characterised by a period of time (lasting at least one (1) week) in which the criteria are met, both for a Manic Episode and for a Major Depressive Episode, nearly every day. The individual experiences rapidly alternating moods (sadness, irritability, euphoria).

Mobile intensive treatment services
A service that provides long-term case management and assertive outreach to very vulnerable and disabled people living in the community with severe mental illness, enduring disability and complex needs. Without the provision of this service response, the person would be likely to have recurring admission to acute inpatient services.

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