Definition of thought disorder in English:

thought disorder


mass nounPsychiatry
  • A disorder of cognitive organization, characteristic of psychotic mental illness, in which thoughts and conversation appear illogical and lacking in sequence and may be delusional or bizarre in content.

    ‘overinclusive thinking has been suggested as an explanation of certain forms of thought disorder’
    count noun ‘schizophrenia is primarily a thought disorder’
    • ‘These include delusions, hallucinations and thought disorder, which together may be called ‘psychosis’.’
    • ‘Put simply, ‘psychosis’ generally means the presence of delusions, hallucinations and/or thought disorder.’
    • ‘While the auditory hallucinations can be a marker, I didn't think Tom exhibited signs of the other positive symptoms which, broadly, are delusions, bizarre behavior, and positive formal thought disorder.’
    • ‘When assessing a child's thinking, it is important to differentiate the thought disorder of psychosis from developmental delays or language disorders.’
    • ‘In an acute psychotic episode it is the positive symptoms, i.e., hallucinations, delusions, thought disorder, not the negative symptoms, e.g., social withdrawal, that the antipsychotics control.’