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Grief & Suicide Terms


Grief & Suicide Terms: T-Z


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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T  
Talk therapy Counseling and various forms of psychotherapy.
Tarasoff rule Therapists must disclose client's threat to harm others.
TCA Tricyclic antidepressant; traditional drug therapy for depression.
Terminal Last phase of a fatal illness or condition.
Terminally ill Medical prognosis of death in six months or less, generally.
Tertiary prevention Attempt to lessen long-term effects of a problem.
Thanatology Study of death, dying, bereavement, and grief.
Therapeutic alliance Collaborative relationship with client established by therapist (Simon).
Therapeutic privilege Physician withholding of information from a patient in the best interest of the patient.
To Live Again (TLA) Support group for those who lost spouses or partners
Trauma Threatening event causing feelings of fear, helplessness, and horror (DSM-IV).
Traumatic loss Death that is sudden, unexpected, preventable and/or of a child.
Traumatic shock Psychological state after an significant abnormal life experience.
Trigger Factor which initiates and aggravates behavior or response.
Tryptophan hydroxylase
(TPH)
Enzyme associated with serotonin; a marker.
Tunnel vision View that life=pain vs. death=no pain; see constriction.
 
 
U  
Underlying illness Condition causing secondary manifestation of symptoms.
Under-reporting Incidence of suicides not officially recorded as such.
Under-served Inadequacy of existing services to the needs of a community or population.
Undertreatment Delivery of a lesser quantity, quality, or range of care than indicated by an individual's need.
Undetermined intent Classification of a death or an injury where victim's intentions are unclear.
Unethical Action inconsistent with adopted ethical code or values.
Unexpected loss syndrome Abnormal grief reaction associated with unexpected loss.
Unfinished business Personal concerns or obligations to be resolved before death.
Unintentional underreporting Mistaken mis-attribution of the cause of death in a suicide.
Unreported suicide Completion that is misclassified or which cannot be conclusively classified as a suicide.
Universal intervention Preventative measures directed at an entire population.
Unnatural death Tragic, sudden, unexpected loss; loss of a child; homicide, suicide, etc.
Unresolved grief Disrupted grieving process (e.g., delayed grief).
 
 
V  
Validation Learning from experience of other suicide grievers that "I'm not crazy."
Vehicular suicide Completion by stepping into path of a vehicle or using a vehicle as means.
Ventured suicide High risk behavior without suicidal intent (Baechler).
Veracity Ethical duty to not deceive others.
Verbal clues Spoken references to suicidal intent.
Victim One harmed by circumstances beyond their control.
Victim-precipitated homicide See suicide-by-cop (parent).
Vigilance Grief state involving awareness of loss without constant focus (Smith).
Violent means Suicide by firearms, hanging, slashing, falls.
Voluntary Freely chosen individual action without coercion.
Vulnerability factor Condition predisposing an individual to greater than normal risk (Ayd).
 
 
W  
Warning sign Overt indicator of suicidal risk of an individual.
Weather forecast Metaphor characterizing the fluctuating level of risk in a suicidal individual (Simon).
Werther effect Concept of completion or suicidal behavior as a consequence of mass media accounts of suicide (Phillips).
What-iffing guilt Suicide griever obsession with "what if...?" (They did or did not do something.) (Wrobleski).
White man's disease Allusion to predominance of adult white males among suicide victims.
Withdrawn behavior Apathetic and unresponsive emotional state.
Work of grief Release from ties to deceased (Freud).
Working through grief Purposeful individual effort to resolve personal grief.
Wrobleski, Adina Suicide survivor; authored a number of books for/about survivors.
Wrongful death Death caused by negligence or other wrongful act.

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