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Existential theories refer as views that uphold personal responsibility for discovering one's personal values and meanings in life and then living in accordance with them. People face Existential anxiety due to awareness of their life's finitude and must overcome both this anxiety and obstacles to a life governed by the meanings they give to it, in order to achieve mental health and avoid maladaptive behavior

Existential therapy refers to an insight therapy that focuses on the elemental problems of existence, such as death, meaning, choice, and responsibility; emphasizes making courageous

Existentialism is a broad philosophical, psychological, and literary movement that focuses on the authenticity , freedom, responsibility, and choice of the individual confronted with the threat of meaninglessness and non-existence. The first philosopher to use the term was Soren Kierkegaard (1813 - 1855), who reacted against systematic rational philosophy , specially Hegel, and grasped the notion of a truth inside of the evolving self . Moreover, Existentialism is a philosophical view that emphasizes the importance of existence, including one’s responsibility for one’s own psychological existence. Related themes include living and dying, freedom, responsibility to self and others, meaningfulness in life, and authenticity. In the mid to late 1800s, philosophers Kierkegaard and Nietzsche described the basic issues affecting the human condition . People exist in their awareness of themselves as unique beings , within the natural world, in relation to others, and alert to spiritual issues. Life has no predetermined universal meaning and yet people yearn to have purpose. Each individual has the freedom and responsibility to construct the meaning of his or her life and to choose values that determine important choices. To live without considering life’s pur­pose, and to simply follow impulsive desires , denies personal responsibility and causes psychic pain. Ultimately each person is alone, though temporary meaning can be gained through transcendent intimacy with another person. Essential isolation requires each person to learn to depend on their own inner resources and to understand what cannot be gained from relationships. Life must also be understood as time limited. Anxiety related to death can be overcome through the meaning individuals create in the time they have. Rollo May and Yalom extended the philosophy into an existential therapy designed to support clients in making sense out of their lives through their own interpretations of life’s meaning.

Exocytosis is defined as the excretion of neurotransmitter through the membrane of a presynaptic terminal and into the synaptic cleft between the presynaptic and postsynaptic neurons

Exogenous means developed from without. When applied to depression , Exogenous means that depressive symptoms seem to be in reaction to a particular situation or event

exorcism refers to religious ritual that attributes disordered behavior to possession by demons and seeks to treat the individual by driving the demons from the body.

Exosystem is defined as a social settings that a person may not experience first-hand but that still influence development ; social systems that children and adolescents do not directly experience but that may nonetheless influence their development. It is the third of Bronfenbrenner’s environmental layers or contexts It is defined also as one or more settings that do not involve the developing person as an active participant but in which events occur that affect or are affected by what happens in the setting containing the developing person. It is a community institutions and settings in which children do not actually participate, but which affects them in one of their microsystems that indirectly influence the child, such as the school board and the parents' workplaces/jobs, city council, etc. Exo is from the Greek word which means "outside".

Expansion means elaborating on a child's expression by adding more words.

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