Definition of mental illness in English:

mental illness

noun

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

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