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Grief & Suicide Terms


Grief & Suicide Terms: G, H, & I


Grief & suicide terms, words and phrases are often used by crisis counselors and others in the health-care field. You can study these and/or copy them to your dictionary.

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GABA Gammo-aminobutyric acid; inhibitory neurotransmitter.
Gatekeeper program Use of school/community contact people to identify at-risk youth, elders.
Gender differences In grieving or suicidal behavior, dissimilar behavior by men and women.
Gender-specific Suicide rate broken down by sex.
Generativity Sense of connection between generations; lost or weakened by the death of a child.
Genetic marker See marker.
Genetic model view of suicide as influenced by heredity or genetic transmission of risk
Genuine suicide Completion resulting from victim's intention to end one's life (Shneidman).
Geriatric suicide See elder suicide.
Gesturer Individual associated with one or more suicide gesture.
Gesturing at suicide (AKA gestured suicide) see suicide gesture.
Grief Personal emotion associated with loss of a loved one.
Grief counselor Clinician serving the needs of the bereaved.
Grief integration Incorporating grief as an ongoing part of the bereaved's life.
Grief process Individual course of grief following loss of a loved one.
Grief reaction Feelings/emotions accompanying grief (e.g., guilt, anger).
Grief resolution Outcome of "normal" grieving; abatement of grief.
Grief work Bereaved individual's efforts to accept reality of loss.
Griever Individual involved in the process of grieving.
Group suicide See mass suicide.
   
   
H  
Hari Kari Ritualistic suicide in japan by a defeated/disgraced individual.
Heal Whole or partial recovery from injury, illness, or loss.
Healing Process of recovery from injury, illness, or loss.
Heaven's gate Mass suicide of 38 cult members in San Diego, CA, in 1997.
Helper's principle Idea that those who help others enhance their own self-esteem in the process.
Hemlock Society Organization advocating the "right to suicide."
Hidden grief Solitary mourning; grieving pattern common to men.
Hidden suicide Indirect self-harming behavior (Meerlo).
High risk factor Social variable associated with high incidence of suicide or harm.
High risk group Population segment with a high suicide rate.
History Individual's mental health or suicidal behavior background.
Homicide-suicide See murder-suicide.
Hopelessness Extent of individual's negative feelings about the future (Beck et al.).
Hospice Provider serving terminally ill and a bereavement support resource.
Hypervigilance Grief state involving exclusive preoccupation with loss (Smith).
Hypoactive State of hopelessness, low self-esteem, and passiveness.
   
   
I  
Iatrogenic Harm inadvertently caused to a patient by a clinician.
ICD-9 International classification of diseases, 9th revision; suicide = codes e950-e959.
Ideator Individual experiencing suicidal ideation.
If onlys Griever obsession with contingencies that might have averted loss.
Incapacity Inability to understand and act on received information.
Incidence Number of new suicides in a given population in a given time span.
Incompetent Inability to perform necessary duties or functions.
Index suicide Initial completion precipitating a suicide cluster; see stimulus event.
Indicated intervention Preventative measures directed at individuals showing risk factors. (Gordon).
Indirect suicide Death as unintended result of high risk behavior.
Inhume Internment; burial or entombment of the deceased.
Injury events Epidemiological term for accidents, homicides, and suicides.
Inpatient Individual admitted to a stay at a hospital or institution.
Inpatient suicide Completion of suicide by patient at a hospital or institution.
Intent Individual's desire to die and belief that death would follow action.
Intent, first degree Completion was planned by the victim.
Intent, second degree Completion was impulsive and unplanned on part of the victim.
Intent, third degree Voluntary self-injury with low completion intention on the part of the attempter.
Intentional underreporting Purposeful misrepresentation of a suicide death as due to another cause.
Interdisciplinary Involving more than one clinical/scientific discipline.
Interpersonal suicide Completion associated with the loss of an interpersonal relationship.
Interpersonal therapy Addresses patient's relationships with family, friends, and co-workers.
Inquest Coroner's investigation to establish cause of death.
Intervener Individual involved in effort to prevent an attempter from completing suicide.
Intervention Interceding to prevent harm or reduce risk.
Involuntary hospitalization See involuntary commitment (AKA involuntary civil commitment) .
Involuntary commitment Short-term emergency hospitalization of an individual deemed a danger to self/others.

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