mental illness

Definitions of mental illness
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n any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention

Synonyms:
mental disease, psychopathy
Antonyms:
mental health
the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
Types:
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megalomania
a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
insanity
relatively permanent disorder of the mind
psychosis
any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted
insaneness, lunacy, madness
obsolete terms for legal insanity
dementedness, dementia
mental deterioration of organic or functional origin
irrationality, unreason
the state of being irrational; lacking powers of understanding
derangement, mental unsoundness, unbalance
a state of mental disturbance and disorientation
craziness, daftness, flakiness
informal terms for insanity
DTs, delirium tremens
acute delirium caused by alcohol poisoning
paranoia
a psychological disorder characterized by delusions of persecution or grandeur
dementia praecox, schizophrenia, schizophrenic disorder, schizophrenic psychosis
any of several psychotic disorders characterized by distortions of reality and disturbances of thought and language and withdrawal from social contact
Type of:
mental condition, mental state, psychological condition, psychological state
(psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

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