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About the Glossaries

One of the most exciting parts of this book is the series of glossaries at the back of the book, aimed at increasing understanding of concepts.

The following Table of Contents sheds light on the breadth of the Glossary:

Brain: Anatomy and Simplified Functions 344
Analogies: Boat-Pier and Bathtub 345
Neuropsychiatric Drugs 346
Generic to Brand Drugs 348
Brand to Generic Name Drugs 349
Neurotransmitter Effects 350
Medical Abbreviations 351
Medical Terms 352
Index of Concepts 358
Endnotes 364

For example, the following is the first page of the index:

Glossary
Medical Terms

This glossary of one line definitions of medical terms is for quick reference to terms used in the context of this book. Consequently, wherever possible the definitions correspond with the short phrases associated with the em dash sign (--) that appear in the book.

The definitions are deliberately simplified for easier comprehension.

absence seizures
blackouts with transient loss of consciousness due to seizures
accessory symptoms
extra symptoms in a condition requiring separate treatment
acetylcholine
neurotransmitter with memory and automatic movements roles
adenosine receptor
receptor relating to caffeine and many chemical reactions
adjunctive medication
unapproved second drug used for a condition
adrenoreceptor
adrenergic receptor; norepinephrine
affect
emotion
agitated depression
internal restlessness, marked anxiety type depression
agonism
receptor activation by stimulation or inhibition
akathisia
unpleasant subjective sensation of inability to keep still
akinesia
loss of accessory muscle use, like non-swinging arms
alpha
EEG waves of 8-13 Hz; a variation of adrenergic receptor
altered state of consciousness
modified alertness and responsiveness level
Alzheimer's disease
dementia associated with specific pathologic changes
ambulatory EEG
lengthy special computerized EEG performed at home
anatomy
the localization in the body
anhedonic
unable to experience pleasure
anoxia
too little oxygen
antagonism
preventing of action of a receptor using antagonist chemicals
anterior
front
anticholinergic
drug acting against acetylcholine
anticonvulsant
medication to prevent seizures; anti-epileptic drug
antihistamine
histamine blocking agent
anxiogenic
anxiety inducing agent
artifact
noise; EEG distortions outside the brain, usually the muscles
atypical
spells strange behavior events in PND due to firing episodes
auditory hallucinations
hearing non-existent voices
aura, aurae
warning symptoms preceding or heralding a seizure
autism
withdrawal into one's own reality
axon
outgoing pipe of the neuron
beta
EEG waves of =13 Hz; a variation of adrenergic receptor
bioavailability
extent of availability of drugs in the body
biopsychofamiliosociocultural
biological, psychological, family, social & cultural
bipolar disorder
affective illness, bipolar mood disorder, manic depressive illness
blackouts
absence seizures due to petit mal or temporal lobe epilepsy
blockade
receptor antagonism
blunting of affect
a diminution in range of emotion

(continues...)

When you download a copy of this book, you will receive a separate (PDF) file which contains just the glossary. This way you will be able to put up on the screen the two files side by side and use the glossary directly if there are any questions. [order download]


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