The DSM defines mental disorder as a pattern of behavior, or psychological features, occurring in an individual that are currently associated with any of the following: a subjective sense of distress; impairment in important areas of function, such as work, school, relationships; or a significantly increased risk of posing a danger to oneself or others, or of losing an important freedom.
'a mental illness, arrested or incomplete development of mind, psychopathic disorder, and any other disorder or disability of the mind'. A definition adopted in the Mental Health Act 1959. The definition continued the practice of lumping together people with a mental illness and people with a learning disability.
A behavioural or psychological syndrome associated with current distress and/or disability.
Any of various conditions characterized by impairment of an individual's normal cognitive, emotional, or behavioral functioning, and caused by social, psychological, biochemical, genetic, or other factors, such as infection or head trauma.
Any clinical significant behavioural or psychological syndrome characterised by the presence of distressing symptoms or significant impairment of cognitive, emotional or social functioning; term often used interchangeably with mental illness.
neurosis, psychoneurosis, psychopathy, psychosis or mental or emotional disease or disorder of any kind.
In general public usage, a broad group of diagnostic categories separate from physical disorders. "Mental disorder" is generally used instead of "mental illness" in medical and legal context, and in the BC Mental Health Act, where it means disorders that need psychiatric treatment. The Canadian Criminal Code also uses the term mental disorder but defines it very broadly as "a disease of the mind," giving discretion to the judge on what may be considered in an "insanity" defense.
or nervous disorder - Sickness that is emotional, mental, or behavioral in nature. If not excluded or defined in policy, all diagnoses classified as "Mental Disorder" according to the International Classification of Diseases are considered Sickness.
(psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
an illness where either psychological symptoms or altered behavior lead to impaired functioning of the individual
A diagnosable mental illness under agreed international criteria such as â€˜schizophreniaâ€(tm).
means any disease or condition, regardless of whether the cause is organic, that is classified as a Mental Disorder in the current edition of International Classification of Diseases, published by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services or is listed in the current edition of D iagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, published by the American Psychiatric Association.
Clinically significant behavioral or psychological syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual and is associated with present distress or disability or with significantly increased risk of suffering death, pain, disability or an important loss of freedom.
A diagnosable illness that significantly interferes with an individual's cognitive, emotional or social abilities.
A substantial disorder of a person’s emotional processes, thought, or ability to learn which seriously impairs judgment, behavior, or capacity to recognize reality.
A mental or nervous condition diagnosed by a practitioner according to the criteria in the DSM-IV and limited to severe impairment of a memberâ€™s mental, emotional or behavioral functioning on a daily basis.
In DSM-III, a mental disorder is conceptualized as a clinically significant behavioral or psychologic syndrome or pattern that occurs in an individual and that typically is associated with either a painful symptom (distress) or impairment in one or more important areas of functioning (disability). There is also an inference of a behavioral, psychological or biological dysfunction, and of disturbance beyond the relationship between the individual and society. A disturbance limited to a conflict between an individual and society may represent social deviance, which may or may not be commendable, but it is not by itself a mental disorder.
a psychiatric illness or disorder whose manifestations are primarily characterised by behavioural or psychological impairment of function, measured bin terms of deviation from some normative concept.
A general term for a wide range of disorders that disrupt thinking, feeling, moods and behaviors, causing a varying degree of impaired functioning in daily life, and believed in many instances to be related to brain dysfunction. Also called mental illness.
relating to disorders of the mind
according to the International Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders (ICD- 10), a disorder implies 'the existence of a clinically recognisable set of symptoms or behaviour associated in most cases with distress and with interference with personal functions' (WHO 1992, p. 5). Most diagnoses require criteria relating to severity and duration to be met.
When clinicians determine whether it is necessary to use compulsory powers under mental health law, they must first determine whether the person suffers from a mental disorder. The 1983 Act gives a broad generic definition of mental disorder and then four specific categories: mental illness, mental impairment, severe mental impairment and psychopathic disorder. The Mental Health Bill defines mental disorder as: "an impairment of or a disturbance in the functioning of the mind or brain resulting from any disability or disorder of the mind or brain", and does not specify categories of disorder. Alliance policy the definition of mental disorder...