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endorphin

n. any of a class of neuropeptides, found mainly in the pituitary gland, that function as endogenous opioids. The best known is beta-endorphin; the others are alpha-endorphin and gamma-endorphin. The production of endorphins during intense physical activity is one explanation for the runner’s high or exercise high, as well as for an athlete’s ability to feel little or no pain during a competition.

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affective psychosis

affective psychosis

a mood disorder accompanied by delusions or hallucinations (i.e., psychotic features). The mood disruption precedes the psychotic symptoms, and the psychotic symptoms only occur during a major depressive episode or a manic episode.