Definition of mental illness in English:

mental illness

noun

  • A condition which causes serious disorder in a person's behaviour or thinking.

    • ‘Bipolar affective disorder is a common condition which, among mental illnesses, ranks second only to unipolar depression as a cause of worldwide disability.’
    • ‘Paranoid mental illnesses, of which there are several varieties, are principally characterized by the patient developing delusions of persecution.’
    • ‘There are many different kinds of neuro-psychiatric disorders or mental illnesses where hallucination plays a role.’
    • ‘Today's colleges and universities also are drawing many more students who arrive on campus with diagnosed mental illnesses.’
    • ‘As with most mental illnesses, what causes the onset of postpartum mood disorders is still a matter of research and debate.’
    • ‘There are a huge number of people who have serious mental illnesses who don't always have the illness in an acute manner.’
    • ‘Accelerating our understanding of mental illnesses requires further developments in neurotechnology.’
    • ‘First, current drugs are not specific enough to target the complex neurobiology underlying many mental illnesses.’
    • ‘Depression, eating disorders, addictions and mental illnesses are at record levels.’
    • ‘And all predictions point toward a dramatic increase in mental illnesses as people live longer.’
    • ‘‘I've always been interested in mental illnesses and disorders of the brain,’ said Dr Nasir.’
    • ‘Schizophrenia is a chronic and persistent brain disorder and one of the most severe common mental illnesses.’
    • ‘Signs of chronic mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia may first show up in childhood.’
    • ‘Depression and other mental illnesses are terribly misunderstood, Beardslee explained.’
    • ‘Mutism, for example, is a symptom in a number of serious mental illnesses, but is also fairly easy for sane people to mimic.’
    • ‘Psychosis is loss of contact with reality and is related to a number of mental illnesses such as depression, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder.’
    • ‘Deaf people do not exhibit any greater frequency of the major mental illnesses than the general population.’
    • ‘The increased abundance of these drugs to treat mental illnesses has lead to broad experimentation for enhancement purposes.’
    • ‘Drug and alcohol abuse can also lower inhibitions, and some mental illnesses also negatively impact impulse control.’
    • ‘A delusional disorder is a mental illness within the meaning of the Mental Health Act.’
    insanity, insaneness, dementia, derangement, dementedness, instability, unsoundness of mind, lunacy, distraction, depression, mania, hysteria, frenzy, psychosis, psychopathy, schizophrenia, hydrophobia
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