any of the various forms of psychosis or severe neurosis.
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Origin of mental illness
First recorded in 1960–65
Also called mental disorder, mental disease.
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British Dictionary definitions for mental disorder (1 of 2)
law (in England, according to the Mental Health Act 1983) mental illness, arrested or incomplete development of mind, psychopathic disorder, or any other disorder or disability of the mind
Derived Formsmentally disordered, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for mental disorder (2 of 2)
any of various disorders in which a person's thoughts, emotions, or behaviour are so abnormal as to cause suffering to himself, herself, or other people
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Medicine definitions for mental disorder (1 of 2)
Medicine definitions for mental disorder (2 of 2)
Any of various psychiatric conditions, usually characterized by impairment of an individual's normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by physiological or psychosocial factors.mental disease mental disorder
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Science definitions for mental disorder
[ mĕn′tl ]
Any of various psychiatric disorders or diseases, usually characterized by impairment of thought, mood, or behavior.
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