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emergency psychotherapy

psychological treatment of individuals who have undergone a traumatic experience (e.g., a road accident) and are in a state of acute anxiety, panic, or shock or are suicidal. Therapists may call on a very broad range of techniques depending on the immediate needs of the client. See also crisis intervention.

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February 26th 2024



n. a feeling of intense pleasure and elation, including that experienced in some mystical states, during orgasm, with aesthetic reveries, and in drug-induced states. Such extreme euphoria also may occur in the context of a hypomanic episode or a manic episode. —ecstatic adj.


n. the popular name for MDMA.