Glossary of Terms


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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Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

A disorder in which the person may experience strong impulses to perform certain acts over and over again, even though they realise this is illogical. They are the result of recurrent and persistent thoughts and urges. The urges can not be easily controlled or ignored. This can cause great distress to the individual and interfere with their ability to perform life activities. For example, a person may continually wash their hands or check to see if the door is locked.

Occupational Therapists (OTB)

Health professionals who work in community mental health services and psychiatric inpatient services. They are part of the multidisciplinary team and their role is to help people to develop confidence and skills in daily living, using a variety of techniques, such as creative therapies and training in practical tasks.

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