10 commonly abused psychology words — and what they really mean

Many of the psychology terms we use in causal conversation don't mean what we think they do

Definitions to some commonly misused words.
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If you're like many people, you can be a little OCD about language, but at the same time you can go ADHD and lose the thread and use some words loosely. Like you're kinda bipolar or schizophrenic about it, ya know, and maybe you get paranoid that someone's gonna go psycho on you about it.

Well, maybe it's time to know what all these mental-health-related words are really supposed to mean, and what the disorders they name really involve.

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