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Euphoria is medically recognized as a mental/emotional state defined as a sense of great (usually exaggerated) elation and wellbeing.[1] Technically, euphoria is an affect,[2] but the term is often colloquially used to define emotion as an intense state of transcendent happiness combined with an overwhelming sense of wellbeing. The word derives from Greek εὐφορία, "power of enduring easily, fertility".[3][4] Euphoria is generally considered to be exaggerated, resulting from an abnormal psychological state with or without the use of psychoactive drugs and not typically achieved during the normal course of human experience. However, some natural behaviors, such as activities resulting in orgasm or the triumph of an athlete, can induce brief states of euphoria.[2] Euphoria has also been cited during certain religious or spiritual rituals and meditation.[5]

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  1. ^ WordWeb Online - euphoria
  2. ^ a b "Key DSM-IV Mental Status Exam Phrases". Gateway Psychiatric Services. 2007-05-10. http://www.gatewaypsychiatric.com/SFGH%20BEEC%20Course%20Material/key_dsmiv_mental_status_exam_ph.htm. Retrieved 2007-06-02. 
  3. ^ Euphoria, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, at Perseus
  4. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary
  5. ^ "Psychophysical Correlates of the Practice of Tantric Yoga Meditation". Corby, Roth, Zarcone, & Kopell. Archives of General Psychiatry, 1978.
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