mental state

Definitions of mental state

n (psychology) a mental condition in which the qualities of a state are relatively constant even though the state itself may be dynamic

mental condition, psychological condition, psychological state
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cognitive state, state of mind
the state of a person's cognitive processes
frame of mind, state of mind
a temporary psychological state
aboulia, abulia
a loss of will power
an inability to experience pleasure
depersonalisation, depersonalization
(existentialism) a loss of personal identity; a feeling of being an anonymous cog in an impersonal social machine
a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion
a dreamlike state of altered consciousness that may last for hours or days
psychic trauma, trauma
an emotional wound or shock often having long-lasting effects
a state of individual psychological well-being based upon a sense of confidence and usefulness and purpose
anxiety, anxiousness
(psychiatry) a relatively permanent state of worry and nervousness occurring in a variety of mental disorders, usually accompanied by compulsive behavior or attacks of panic
a mental state in which the person has continual hallucinations
identity crisis
distress and disorientation (especially in adolescence) resulting from conflicting pressures and uncertainty about one's self and one's role in society
nerves, nervousness
an uneasy psychological state
delusion, psychotic belief
(psychology) an erroneous belief that is held in the face of evidence to the contrary
mental health
the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment
mental disease, mental illness, psychopathy
any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention
a mental state of extreme emotional disturbance
a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity
an exhilarating psychological state of pride and optimism; an absence of depression
annoyance, botheration, irritation, vexation
the psychological state of being irritated or annoyed
enchantment, spell, trance
a psychological state induced by (or as if induced by) a magical incantation
disassociation, dissociation
a state in which some integrated part of a person's life becomes separated from the rest of the personality and functions independently
the state of being interested
amnesia, blackout, memory loss
partial or total loss of memory
(psychiatry) a disorder of memory in which dreams or fantasies are confused with reality
readiness, set
(psychology) being temporarily ready to respond in a particular way
ivory tower
a state of mind that is discussed as if it were a place
an alert cognitive state in which you are aware of yourself and your situation
a state lacking normal awareness of the self or environment
a state of mind not immediately available to consciousness
curiosity, wonder
a state in which you want to learn more about something
confusedness, confusion, disarray, mental confusion, muddiness
a mental state characterized by a lack of clear and orderly thought and behavior
the state of being certain
doubt, doubtfulness, dubiety, dubiousness, incertitude, uncertainty
the state of being unsure of something
morbidity, morbidness
an abnormally gloomy or unhealthy state of mind
absorption, engrossment, preoccupancy, preoccupation
the mental state of being preoccupied by something
preoccupation especially with one's attitudes and ethical or ideological values
concern with outward things or material objects as opposed to the mind and spirit
bliss, blissfulness, cloud nine, seventh heaven, walking on air
a state of extreme happiness
a specific state of mind that is temporary
thinking cap
a state in which one thinks
hypnosis induced by yourself
birth trauma
emotional injury inflicted on an infant by events incident to birth that is alleged to appear in symbolic form in patients with mental illness
castration anxiety
(psychoanalysis) anxiety resulting from real or imagined threats to your sexual functions; originally applied only to men but can in principle apply to women
hypochondria, hypochondriasis
chronic and abnormal anxiety about imaginary symptoms and ailments
excessive anxiety
heebie-jeebies, jitters, screaming meemies
extreme nervousness
mental strain, nervous strain, strain
(psychology) nervousness resulting from mental stress
delusions of grandeur
a delusion (common in paranoia) that you are much greater and more powerful and influential than you really are
delusions of persecution
a delusion (common in paranoia) that others are out to get you and frustrate and embarrass you or inflict suffering on you; a complicated conspiracy is frequently imagined
illusory perception; a common symptom of severe mental disorder
nihilism, nihilistic delusion
the delusion that things (or everything, including the self) do not exist; a sense that everything is unreal
somatic delusion
a delusion concerning the body image or parts of the body
the delusion that you have assumed the form of an animal
mental balance, mental soundness
the healthy psychological state of someone with good judgment
saneness, sanity
normal or sound powers of mind
a psychological state characterized by delusions of grandeur
extreme depression characterized by tearful sadness and irrational fears
relatively permanent disorder of the mind
any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted
disturbance, perturbation, upset
an unhappy and worried mental state
fret, lather, stew, sweat, swither
agitation resulting from active worry
dither, flap, fuss, pother, tizzy
an excited state of agitation
loss of emotional control often resulting in emotional collapse
blue devils, blues, megrims, vapors, vapours
a state of depression
blue funk, funk
a state of nervous depression
a constitutional tendency to be gloomy and depressed
slough of despond
(formal) extreme depression
low spirits
a state of mild depression
a state of altered consciousness induced by alcohol or narcotics
a state of sustained elation
panic, scare
sudden mass fear and anxiety over anticipated events
an experience that is irritating or frustrating or disappointing
huff, miff, seeing red
a state of irritation or annoyance
a minor annoyance
impatience, restlessness
a lack of patience; irritation with anything that causes delay
a state of agitated irritation
being controlled by passion or the supernatural
captivation, fascination
the state of being intensely interested (as by awe or terror)
compartmentalisation, compartmentalization
a mild state of dissociation
dissociative disorder
dissociation so severe that the usually integrated functions of consciousness and perception of self break down
a state of melancholy depression
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condition, status
a state at a particular time

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