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mental illness

noun
1.
any of the various forms of psychosis or severe neurosis.
Also called mental disorder, mental disease.
Origin
1960-1965
1960-65
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Examples from the web for mental illness
  • Paranoia and difficulties connecting with others are signs of psychosis, a mental illness in which people lose touch with reality.
  • Fame only made dealing with her mental illness that much more stressful and put her under more pressure.
  • Because faculty and staff regularly encounter students, they are in the best position to observe early symptoms of mental illness.
  • People who live in poverty are at increased risk of mental illness compared to their economically stable peers.
  • Psychopaths don't exhibit the manias, hysterias, and neuroses that are present in other types of mental illness.
  • He never published a word about his own mental illness.
  • In totalitarian regimes, dissidence is treated as a mental illness.
  • Another focus should be mental illness, which is a major source of suffering.
  • If that turns out to be so, it will affect the understanding and treatment of mental illness.
  • Cases of mental illness in the workplace are soaring.
British Dictionary definitions for mental illness

mental illness

noun
1.
any of various disorders in which a person's thoughts, emotions, or behaviour are so abnormal as to cause suffering to himself, herself, or other people
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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mental illness in Medicine

mental illness n.
Any of various disorders characterized chiefly by abnormal behavior or an inability to function socially, including diseases of the mind and personality and certain diseases of the brain. Also called mental disease, mental disorder.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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mental illness in Science
mental illness
  (měn'tl)   
Any of various psychiatric disorders or diseases, usually characterized by impairment of thought, mood, or behavior.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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