Vertigo Glossary

Vertigo Glossary

acrophobia

An irrational fear of heights.

vertigo

A sensation of whirling dizziness all around you that is sometimes a symptom of acrophobia.

psychiatrist

A medical doctor that treats mental illness who is authorized to write prescriptions for medication.

psychologist

A doctor who treats mental illness through therapy.

bohemian

A free-thinker of liberal leaning who rejects mainstream conventions and pursue sensual pleasures.

obsession

A compulsive interest in something.

cloister

Covered pergola or walkway within a monastery or church.

scold

A severe reprimand or rebuke.

institution

Shorthand jargon for an establishment for housing the mentally ill.

initiative

A plan or proposal for accomplishing something.

bearing

An effect; a change in course or direction.

conscience

An effect; a change in course or direction.

dipsomaniac

An outdated term for an alcoholic.

hypochondriac

One who constantly imagines they are affected by illness or bad health.

acute

Dire, serious and potentially grave.

dread

Fearful apprehension.

counterfeit

A duplicate, copycat or forgery.

accident

An ill-fated calamity.

trance

A hypnotic-like state as if trapped in a daze.

muss

To make unkempt; a messy display.

alterations

Changes made after completion.

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