mental disturbance

Definitions of mental disturbance
  1. noun
    (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
    synonyms: disturbance, folie, mental disorder, psychological disorder
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    Asperger's syndrome
    a psychiatric disorder usually noted during early school years; characterized by impaired social relations and by repetitive patterns of behavior
    anxiety disorder
    a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is a salient symptom
    psychosomatic disorder
    a mental disorder that causes somatic symptoms
    aberration
    a disorder in one's mental state
    conversion disorder, conversion hysteria, conversion reaction
    a mental disorder characterized by the conversion of mental conflict into somatic forms (into paralysis or anesthesia having no apparent cause)
    delirium
    a usually brief state of excitement and mental confusion often accompanied by hallucinations
    delusional disorder
    any mental disorder in which delusions play a significant role
    encopresis
    involuntary defecation not attributable to physical defects or illness
    folie a deux
    the simultaneous occurrence of symptoms of a mental disorder (as delusions) in two persons who are closely related (as siblings or man and wife)
    personality disorder
    inflexible and maladaptive patterns of behavior
    affective disorder, emotional disorder, emotional disturbance, major affective disorder
    any mental disorder not caused by detectable organic abnormalities of the brain and in which a major disturbance of emotions is predominant
    schizothymia
    resembling schizophrenia but remaining within the bounds of normality
    neurosis, neuroticism, psychoneurosis
    a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction
    dissociative disorder
    dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
    GAD, anxiety reaction, generalized anxiety disorder
    an anxiety disorder characterized by chronic free-floating anxiety and such symptoms as tension or sweating or trembling or lightheadedness or irritability etc that has lasted for more than six months
    obsessive-compulsive disorder
    an anxiety disorder characterized by recurrent and persistent thoughts and feelings and repetitive, ritualized behaviors
    panic disorder
    an anxiety disorder characterized by unpredictable panic attacks; the attacks are usually severe but brief
    phobia, phobic disorder, phobic neurosis
    an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations
    PTSD, posttraumatic stress disorder
    an anxiety disorder associated with serious traumatic events and characterized by such symptoms as survivor guilt, reliving the trauma in dreams, numbness and lack of involvement with reality, or recurrent thoughts and images
    glove anesthesia
    a mental disorder involving loss of sensitivity in the hand and wrist
    maladjustment
    the condition of being unable to adapt properly to your environment with resulting emotional instability
    antisocial personality disorder, psychopathic personality, sociopathic personality
    a personality disorder characterized by amorality and lack of affect; capable of violent acts without guilt feelings (`psychopathic personality' was once widely used but was superseded by `sociopathic personality' to indicate the social aspects of the disorder, but now `antisocial personality disorder' is the preferred term)
    schizoid, schizotypal personality
    characterized by symptoms similar to but less severe than schizophrenia
    clinical depression, depression, depressive disorder
    a state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention
    mania, manic disorder
    a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently
    bipolar disorder, manic depression, manic depressive illness, manic-depressive psychosis
    a mental disorder characterized by episodes of mania and depression
    hysteria, hysterical neurosis
    neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions
    anxiety neurosis
    characterized by diffuse anxiety and often somatic manifestations of fear
    depersonalisation, depersonalisation disorder, depersonalisation neurosis, depersonalization, depersonalization disorder, depersonalization neurosis
    emotional dissociative disorder in which there is loss of contact with your own personal reality accompanied by feelings of unreality and strangeness
    fugue, psychogenic fugue
    dissociative disorder in which a person forgets who they are and leaves home to creates a new life; during the fugue there is no memory of the former life; after recovering there is no memory for events during the dissociative state
    multiple personality, split personality
    a relatively rare dissociative disorder in which the usual integrity of the personality breaks down and two or more independent personalities emerge
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    disorder, upset
    a physical condition in which there is a disturbance of normal functioning
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