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Depression Glossary

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Liability: relative instability of emotion or affect.

Law of effect: a learning principal that says that behavior that is rewarded will be strengthened and behavior with negative consequences will become weaker or diminish.

Learning: the modification of behavior as the result of experience.

Learning Disabled: term used to describe people who have problems with academic skills.

Life Crisis: situation or events that exceed a person’s ability to cope.

Lifetime Prevalence: the proportion of people in a given population who have ever had a disorder.

Light-headed: a feeling that you might faint.

Libido: sexual drive, sexual desire, drive for sexual gratification. A normal libido requires healthy levels of both testosterone and dopamine. Dopamine inhibits prolactin which can reduce sexual drive and desire.

Loveable: Possessing the characteristics that attract affection.