mental illness

Definitions of mental illness
  1. noun
    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
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    Antonyms:
    mental health
    the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
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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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