Definition of mental illness in English:

mental illness


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

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