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men·tal ill·ness

1. a broadly inclusive term, generally denoting one or all of the following: 1) a disease of the brain, with predominant behavioral symptoms, as in paresis or acute alcoholism; 2) a disease of the "mind" or personality, evidenced by abnormal behavior, as in hysteria or schizophrenia; also called mental or emotional disease, disturbance, or disorder, or behavior disorder;
See also: behavior disorder.
2. any psychiatric illness listed in Current Medical Information and Terminology of the American Medical Association or in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
See also: behavior disorder.
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mental illness

n.
Any of various disorders characterized by impairment of an individual's thoughts, emotions, or social functioning, including schizophrenia and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
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mental Illness

(1) A general term applied to severe emotional problems or psychiatric disorders.
(2) Mental disorder, see there.
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mental illness

Mental disorder, see there.
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men·tal ill·ness

(men'tăl il'nĕs)
1. A broadly inclusive term, generally denoting either or both a disease of the brain, with predominant behavioral symptoms; a disease of the "mind" or personality, evidenced by abnormal behavior, as in hysteria or schizophrenia.
2. Any psychiatric illness listed in Current Medical Information and Terminology of the American Medical Association or in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association.
See also: behavior disorder
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

men·tal ill·ness

(men'tăl il'nĕs)
Broadly inclusive term, generally denoting one or all of the following: 1) a disease of the brain, with predominant behavioral symptoms; as in paresis 2) a disease of the "mind" or personality, evidenced by abnormal behavior, as in hysteria or schizophrenia.
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about mental illness

Q. Regarding mental illness My mom is suffering from mental illness. As she remains absent minded through out the day, moreover remains silent (talkless), suffering with idiot ideas. Pls advise me how may i resolve this prob. She is sufferring from last 4 years....!!! and now it has increased. We are also under supervision of phycologist but he used to kept her on sleep as alternative. I need yr some corrective suggestion & help. Regards Parth

A. Parth- Dan could be right, there might be another diagnosis for your mother. it sounds like late stages of Parkinson's, but that would be hard to miss due to a very clear first stages.. if Schizophrenia was diagnosed properly - you should know that there are cases of recovery but it's about 15%. so it's not much, but a dual treatment can improve her state. is she taking any medication?

Q. Everyone on my mother's side has mental illness and addictions. How do you convince someone they need help? It seems to be an inherited bi-polar disorder. An uncle shot his wife. A brother shot his wife and killed himself. My son has been diagnosed as bi-polar. How do I convince or get help for other family members who are in denial?

A. Thank you so much for your answer; unfortunately the link didn't work. I'll try to get there though. I've been researching and I think it's going to be bi-polar spectrum disorder. Are there any forums exclusively for that?

Q. How do you know the difference if the child has ADHD or have other mental disorders? The child has been of ADHD medication for four years give or take a few months. The problems are getting gradually worse. She has no patience with anything, can’t sit still. She is ten years old but she acts like she is 6.

A. Sometimes, seasonal allergies can intensify behavior. I have a child with adhd who changes dramatically around fall and spring and it takes a couple of months for her to return to a lower level of adhd-ness. I recently took her to an allergist and found out she's allergic to weeds (fall) and a number of trees (spring).

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