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Affective Psychosis:
Affective psychosis produces intense changes in mood, either to severe depression with diminution in levels of activity or elation with excessive activity.

Anxiety States:
Anxiety states contain phobias, panic and generalised anxiety disorders where the symptoms, e.g. worry, tension, over-breathing, giddiness, originate distress and/or disability.

Ambulatory:
The ability to walk liberally & independently not confined to bed.

Assessment:
An evaluation frequently realized by a doctor or nurse who examines states mental, emotional, and social capabilities of a person.

Accreditation:
A seal of approval; accredited by the government to a nursing home.