- a type of schizophrenia characterized by emotionless, incongruous, or silly behavior, intellectual deterioration, and hallucinations, frequently beginning insidiously during adolescence.
Origin of hebephrenia
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Hebephrenia is always a disease of adolescence and never occurs during adult life.
The subjects of hebephrenia are peculiarly liable to tubercular infection and many die of phthisis.
- a form of pubertal schizophrenia, characterized by hallucinations, delusions, foolish behaviour, and senseless laughter
C20: New Latin, from Greek hēbē youth + -phrenia mental disorder, from phrēn mind
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Word Origin and History for hebephrenia
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- A schizophrenia, usually starting at puberty, characterized by foolish mannerisms, senseless laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and regressive behavior.disorganized schizophrenia hebephrenic schizophrenia
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