mental illness

mental illness

  1. (uncountable, psychiatry) The property of being mentally ill; mental disorders taken as a whole.
    • 2006, R. Keith Sawyer, Explaining Creativity: The Science of Human Innovation,[ ] Oxford University Press US, ISBN 9780195161649, page 87:
      Such studies show that geniuses are not any more likely to suffer from mental illness than the rest of us.
  2. (countable, psychiatry) A mental disorder.
    • 2002, Vikram Patel, Where There is No Psychiatrist: A Mental Health Care Manual,[ ] RCPsych Publications ISBN 978-1-901242-75-1, page 70:
      Epilepsy is not a mental illness. It is caused by electrical changes in the brain.
Translations Translations
  • French: maladie mentale
  • Italian: disturbo mentale
  • Portuguese: doença mental, transtorno mental, distúrbio mental
  • Russian: душе́вная боле́знь
  • Spanish: enfermedad mental

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