Glossary of Terms

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State Government of Victoria, Australia, Department of Health: Victorian Mental Health ServicesĀ 

2015 factsheet: A Guide To Mental Health Terminology

A Guide To Mental Health Terminology

This guide aims to provide a quick reference for anybody seeking to understand terms commonly used by mental health services.

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Bi-Polar Affective/Mood Disorder

A mental illness in which the significant symptoms involve fluctuating states of mood characterised by marked depressive and/or manic episodes.

Borderline Personality Disorder

A specific type of personality disorder which is characterised by a lifelong pattern of behaviour which may include unclear and disturbed selfimage, brief psychotic episodes, involvement in intense unstable relationships, repeated emotional crises, fear of abandonment and a series of suicidal threats or acts of selfharm without apparent cause. See also personality disorder.

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