Definition of hebephrenia in US English:



  • A form of chronic schizophrenia involving disordered thought, inappropriate emotions, hallucinations, and bizarre behavior.

    • ‘Certain forms of schizophrenia, particularly hebephrenia and catatonia, result in a fair percentage of complete recoveries, which is not true in certain other forms, particularly paranoia.’
    • ‘Another common type, which is also the most devastating, is disorganized schizophrenia, which is also known as hebephrenia.’
    • ‘The case presented illustrates this dream material and is compared with two other cases of hebephrenia previously published by the author which do not contain dream material.’
    • ‘More important, however, is that in hebephrenia the ultimate disintegration of the personality is greater than in other types of schizophrenia.’
    • ‘He was able, thus, to disentangle true catatonia, true hebephrenia and the deteriorating paranoid process, all of which led to a catastrophic outcome, from the benign clinical patterns which were forced into those groups due to an overindulgent criterion.’


Late 19th century (originally associated with behavior in puberty): from Hebe + Greek phrēn ‘mind’ + -ia.