mental illness

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mental illness

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

mental illness

disease of the mind. Mental illness varies from transitory episodes of anxiety or depression (see NEUROSES) which interfere with normal daily living through the mood changes involved, to the PSYCHOSES which may require in-patient psychiatric treatment to control the severe changes in mood and behaviour associated with them.

A sociology of mental illness has developed as a response to epidemiological studies which have pointed to social causes of mental illness (e.g. depression and bad housing), and from the impetus of the theories of the anti-psychiatrists, such as LAING (1960) and Szasz (1961). See also ANTI-PSYCHIATRY, MADNESS.

mental illness

[′men·təl ′il·nəs]
(psychology)
Any form of mental aberration; usually refers to a chronic or prolonged disorder in which there are wide deviations from the normal.
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In the majority of states, rendering a judgment about special education eligibility often forces them to make a differential diagnosis between serious emotional disturbance and social maladjustment with rather flimsy procedural guidelines, questionable empirical precedent, and frequently incomplete or one-sided case histories.
Research of the period clearly demonstrated connections between emotional disturbance and low levels of academic achievement, leading to calls for early intervention for emotional disturbance and a bridging of service "between the school and the clinic" (Talbot 1959).
One should note that these social skills are of particular importance to an individual with an emotional disturbance.
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d comparison of state policy of the federal definition and a proposed definition of "serious emotional disturbance.
A challenge to understanding the assessment and treatment of all clients is understanding the complex role internal and external factors have on the etiology and course of an emotional disturbance as, potentially, the active agents in a particular emotional disturbance.
This approach usually views serious emotional disturbance as an internally instigated disorder in the individual.
The hospitalization factor also contributes to the problems of emotional disturbances in the in-patients.
People in the United States who experience serious mental illness and serious emotional disturbances need greater access to quality, affordable health care, according to a report released by the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee (ISMICC).
In combination, these discriminant functions significantly differentiated emotional disturbance groups (SG and HG), Wilks's lambda A = .
9% - Noticed increase in attention disorders 62% - Noticed increase in emotional disturbance 53.