Glossary

Glossary of Mental Health Terms, Definitions, Behaviors & Emotions

The purpose of this glossary is to help you to better understand your behaviors and emotions. These terms are to help you understand that these types of responses are very common, especially after you have experienced a trauma or very high stress or life-threatening situation. It may help you to understand what you might be experiencing. Some of these responses may happen right after an event or months or even years later. Having these responses does not mean you have a mental illness or clinical disorder.

You can recover from these feelings on your own over time, although some distress can come back at times that remind you of a trauma or loss. Most people recover more quickly with good coping behaviors like exercise, talking to friends or loved ones who understand and accept how you feel, seeking spiritual support and if any of your reactions are really bothering you, see a professional. And you always need self care! This means having enough time for relaxation, sleep, good nutrition and simple body movements like walking, stretching and deep breathing.

Symptoms

The following is a list of symptoms that can occur as a result of mental health issues even without a clinical diagnosis.

Clinical Descriptions

Anxiety

We live in a stressful society and anxiety (which is a form o ...

Panic

Panic is the word used to describe high levels of anxiety. Wh ...

Anger

We all feel angry at times – it’s part of being human. Anger ...

Depression

Depression is a low mood that lasts for a long time, and affe ...

Trauma

Traumatic stress is a type of anxiety disorder whic ...

Self-harm

Self-harm is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with ...

Insomnia

Sleep Disturbances – Insomnia There’s a close relationship be ...

Stress

Being under pressure is a normal part of life. It can help yo ...

Suicidal Feelings

Suicide is the act of intentionally taking your own life. Sui ...