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Word Bank

Here’s many of the words used on this website and what they mean.

AchievementSomething that has been accomplished through effort
AcknowledgeRecognise and accept the importance of something
ADHDAttention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
AdjustingTo change something so that it fits
Affirmative therapistIs a form of psychotherapy for non-heterosexuals, specifically gay and lesbian clients, which focuses on client comfort in working towards authenticity and self-acceptance regarding sexual orientation, and does not attempt to "change" them to heterosexual
AgoraphobiaA fear of going where there are other people
AwkwardnessCausing problems, worry or embarrassment
AnatomyA persons body
AngerNatural response to being treated unfairly
AnorexiaAn emotional disorder characterised by an obsessive desire to lose weight by refusing to eat
AnxietyFeeling of worry, nervousness or unease about a situation
ASDAutistic Spectrum Disorders
AssessmentReview of your health needs
Attachment DifficultiesHaving difficult forming lasting relationships
AutismDifficulty in communicating and forming relationships with other people
BehaviouralThe way someone behaves
BereavementTime spent adjusting to a loss
Biological sexIs our anatomy as female, male, or intersex. It includes our internal and external sex organs, chromosomes, and hormones. Some people are intersex rather than female or male
Bipolar DisorderPeriods of elation and depression
Body ImageWhat you think about your own body and how you feel about the way you look
BulimiaAn emotional disorder characterised by a distorted body image and an obsessive desire to lose weight, in which bouts of extreme overeating are followed by fasting or self-induced vomiting or purging
BullyingUnwanted aggressive behaviour among school aged children
CAMHSChild and Adolescent Mental Health Services
Challenging BehaviourA person's behaviour can be defined as "challenging" if it puts them or those around them (such as their carer) at risk, or leads to a poorer quality of life.
Chemical substancesChemical substances exist as solids, liquids, gases or plasma, and may change with changes in temperature or pressure.
ClutteredFilled with things or people in an untidy way
Cognitive Behavioural TherapyTalking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave
CommunicationTalking or sending or receiving information
CompassionConcern for the feelings of others
ComplexitySomething that is complicated or hard to understand
Conduct DisorderA range of antisocial types of behaviour displayed in childhood or adolescence
ConfidentialityNot telling anyone other than those who should or need to know
ConsistentDone in the same way
ContinenceThe ability to voluntarily control urinary and faecal discharge
CounsellingGive advice to someone
Cyber BullyingUse of electronic communication such as Facebook, SnapChat to bully a person
DBTDialectical Behavioural Therapy
DepressionFeeling very unhappy and without hope for the future
DiagnosisExplanation of an illness
DisrespectedAct in an insulting way to someone
DistractedUnable to concentrate
Domestic ViolenceAbuse of one partner within an intimate or family relationship
DyscalculiaSevere difficulty in making math calculations, as a result of brain disorder
DyslexiaIs a common learning difficulty that can cause problems with reading, writing and spelling
DyspraxiaIs a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults
Eating DisordersAbnormal or disturbed eating behaviour
Emerging Personality DisorderPersonality disorders usually become noticeable in adolescence or early adulthood, but sometimes start in childhood. They can make it difficult
for you to start and keep friendships or other relationships, and you may find it hard to work effectively with others. You may find other people very
scary, and feel very alienated and alone
EmpathyUnderstand the feelings of others
EmpowerGiving someone the authority or freedom to do something
EndorphinsBlock pain but also responsible for feelings of pleasure
ErytophobiaA fear of the colour red
ExaggeratedSay something is larger, better or worse than it is
Family therapyCounselling that helps family members improve communication and resolve conflicts
FlashbacksA sudden, clear memory of a past event or time, usually one that was bad
FragileNot strong; delicate and vulnerable
GenderMale or female
Gender DysphoriaThe condition of feeling one's emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one's biological sex
Generalised Anxiety DisorderExcessive anxiety about several aspects of your life
GriefA natural response to loss
HabitSomething you do often, something without knowing
HallucinationsAn experience involving the apparent perception of something not present
HormonesA natural substance that is produced in the body that influences the way the body grows or develops
HylophobiaA fear of trees
HyperactivityMore energy than normal
Illegal substanceA drug which is not allowed legally
ImpairmentThe condition of being unable to perform as a consequence of physical or mental unfitness; "reading disability"; "hearing impairment"
ImpulsiveDo something without thinking
InattentiveNot paying attention to something
InvasiveTending to intrude on a person's thoughts or privacy
IrritableHaving or showing a tendency to be easily annoyed
Learning DifficultiesDifficulties with the ability to learn
Legal highsA substance with stimulant or mood-altering properties whose sale or use is not banned by current legislation regarding the misuse of drugs.
LGBTQLesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Questioning
ManicShowing wild, apparently derange, excitement and energy
MentalisationUnderstand the mental state of yourself and others
Mentalisation Based TherapyTreatment for people with borderline personality disorder
Motor ticsTics can be invisible to the observer, such as abdominal tensing or toe crunching. Common motor and phonic tics are, respectively, eye blinking and throat clearing
Non-binaryAny gender identity
NurturingCare and protect someone while they are growing
ObsessionsAn idea or thought that continually preoccupies or intrudes on your mind
OCDObsessive Compulsive Disorder
OverwhelmedFeeling of having too much to deal with
Panic DisorderRegular panic attacks
ParticipateJoin in
PeersSomeone the same age as you
PerceivedTo come to an opinion of something
PhobiaFear of something
PneumonicAffecting the lungs
PredictableAlways behaving in the same way
PrescriptionWritten document from a doctor/nurse for a patient to have medicine
ProfessionalSomeone who is specially trained
PsychodynamicMental or emotional processes developing especially in early childhood and their effects on behaviour and mental states
PsychologicalAffecting the mind
PsychologicalMental and emotional state of a person
PsychologistIs a professional who evaluates and studies behaviour and mental processes
PsychosisA severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality
PTSDPost Traumatic Stress Disorder
PubertyThe period during which adolescents reach sexual maturity and become capable of reproduction
RealisticAccurate and true to life
ReassuranceA statement that remove someone's doubts or fears
RecoveringBecome well again after illness or injury
ReferralSending a letter to someone for further review
RelaxationThe act of relaxing or the state of being relaxed
RestlessUnable to rest or relax
RuminationsIs the compulsively focused attention on the symptoms of one's distress, and on its possible causes and consequences, as opposed to its solutions
SchizophreniaA long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation
Self-EsteemFeeling of satisfaction you have in yourself
Self-HarmIs where someone harms their body without wanting to die
Self-InjuriousNon-suicidal self-harm
SENCOSpecial educational needs coordinator
SensationsAbility to feel something physically, especially by touching
SensorySomething you feel with your physical senses
Sexual orientationA person's sexual identity in relation to the gender to which they are attracted; the fact of being heterosexual, homosexual, or bisexual
Social AgoraphobiaA fear of being with other people
Social Anxiety DisorderAn excessive fear of social situation
SpecialistExpert in a profession
StereotypedIdea of a particular type of person
Stimulant MedicationProduces temporary improvements in hyperactivity
StrategiesPlan of action to achieve a long term goal
StressA feeling of being under too much pressure
StruggleFinding it hard to deal with something that is hard
Substance misuseHarmful use of substances (like drugs and alcohol) for non-medical purposes
SuicidalDeeply unhappy or depressed and likely to commit suicide
SymptomsIndication of a disorder such a pain, sickness or weakness
Talking TherapyTalking to a therapist or counsellor in either individual or group session
TherapyTreatment intended to relieve or heal a disorder
TicsA habitual spasmodic contraction of the muscles, most often in the face
TormentedAnnoy or be unkind
Tourette'sIs an inherited neuropsychiatric disorder with onset in childhood, characterised by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic
Trans-fluxA flowing through, across, or beyond
TraumaA deeply distressing or disturbing experience
TriggerSomething you see or hear that makes you feel you want to do something
TwitchesGive or cause to give a short, sudden jerking or convulsive movement
UnrealisticNot real
Verbally AggressiveAn assault on someone by shouting
Vocal ticsAn involuntary, abrupt, and inappropriate grunt, bark, or other exclamation or utterance, occurring especially in Tourette's syndrome


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