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Evidence Based Practice

What is an evidence based practice in healthcare? Why is it important that I receive evidence based practices for my condition? How do I know that my provider is using evidence based practices?

Definition of Self-Report

What is a self-report test, and how can this type of test reveal something about psychological symptoms? Learn about the properties of a self-report test.

Psychometric Properties

Learn what psychometric properties are and how they relate to psychological testing.

Definition of Correlation

What is a correlation? Learn about correlational research methods and statistical analyses. A correlation refers a statistic that represents the relationship between two variables of interest.

Community Sample

What is a community sample? In some research designs, the researcher will be interested in sampling individuals from the community in general, rather from some particular subset of individuals with special traits or characteristics. Understanding the source of the research sample is critical, because this may affect the results.

DSM-V

What is the DSM-V? Major changes to the ways that psychiatric disorders are diagnosed are expected with the publication of DSM-V in 2013.

Externalizing

Behavioral and psychological problems are often described in terms of their degrees of internalizing versus externalizing presentation. Learn more about externalizing here.

Internalizing

Behavioral and psychological problems are often described in terms of their degrees of internalizing versus externalizing presentation. Learn more about internalizing here.

Psychoanalysis

Psychoanalysis is one of the oldest therapeutic traditions in psychiatry and psychology. Learn more about the origins and meaning of psychoanalysis.

Retrospective Research

Retrospective research is a frequently used research method with some particular drawbacks related to recall bias.

Empirically Supported Treatments

The empirically supported treatments movement has been integral in shaping health care practices around the world. Both medicine and behavioral health have been affected by the move toward empirically supported treatments.

Temperament

What is temperament? Temperament is a component of your personality -- depending on your life experiences, a particular temperamental or dispositional factor may or may not become part of your personality.

Bereavement - Definition of Bereavement

What is bereavement? Learn how bereavement can affect you psychological functioning, and complications during bereavement may be associated with psychiatric disorders such as borderline personality disorder.

Self-Conscious Emotions - A Definition of Self-Conscious Emotions

What are self-conscious emotions? While some emotions are considered "basic emotions" (i.e., they require little or no sense of self or consciousness to experience), the self-conscious emotions are related to our self-concept. Some examples of the self-conscious emotions include....

Meta-Analysis - A Definition of Meta-Analysis

What is a meta-analysis? Learn the definition of a meta-analysis, including examples of meta-analytic research studies.

Synapse - Definition of Synapse

What is a synapse, and how is a synapse involved in communication of messages in the brain? Learn about how a synapse is part of the transmission of signals in the brain, and how it relates to the treatment of borderline personality disorder.

Reuptake - Definition of Reuptake

What is reuptake, and how is it related to the communication of signals in the brain and treatment of mental disorders such as borderline personality disorder? Learn more about the process of reuptake and how medications may affect reuptake to produce a reduction in symptoms.

Definition of Mechanism of Action

What is a mechanism of action, and how is mechanism of action related to the treatment of medical and mental health conditions? Learn the definition of mechanism of action.

NIH (National Institutes of Health)

What does NIH stand for? Learn more about the definition and function of the NIH as it applies to borderline personality disorder.

What Is the Peripheral Nervous System?

What is the peripheral nervous system? Learn about the structure and function of the two divisions of the peripheral nervous system.

What Is the Sympathetic Nervous System?

What is the sympathetic nervous system, and how does it interact with the parasympathetic nervous system to produce the arousal response? Learn the definition and function of the sympathetic nervous system.

What Is the Parasympathetic Nervous System?

What is the parasympathetic nervous system, and how does it interact with the sympathetic nervous system to mitigate the arousal response? Learn the definition and function of the parasympathetic nervous system.

What Is the Autonomic Nervous System?

What is the autonomic nervous system? Learn how the branches of the autonomic nervous system work together to regulate a variety of bodily functions.

Distal Risk Factor

A distal risk factor is a risk factor that represents an underlying vulnerability for a particular condition or event. A distal risk factor does not predict that the condition or event is imminent (e.g., about to happen soon), but rather that a person may be at risk for the condition at some time in the future.

What is Specific Phobia?

What is specific phobia? This article covers the definition, symptoms, and subtypes of specific phobia according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

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