Recent Examples of mental illness from the Web
Set in the 1950s, The Bell Jar is a melancholy, semi-autobiographical work about a young woman who slowly descends into mental illness.
Thompson issued his ruling in June, finding that mental illness went undiagnosed and undertreated in the state's prisons.
This recalls the thesis of David Dobbs’ recent Pacific Standard piece on mental illness: isolation is bad for people’s health.
The number of mental health calls to police are increasing, and the number of people with mental illnesses killed by police has been steady.
But James Otis’ career was cut short in 1769, when a British customs officer bashed his head with a cane in a bar brawl and the trauma pushed him into mental illness.
There’s no evidence yet of a history of mental illness.
Complicating matters, depersonalization also crops up frequently as a symptom of common mental illnesses such as depression and anxiety.
Defense attorneys Billy Sothern and Matthew Vogel, who hope to use the records to establish a history of mental illness in Boys' family, denied the accusation and insisted Boys was the next-of-kin legally entitled to request the documents.
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medical Definition of mental illness
- Some homeless families are also hindered by substance abuse and mental illness.
- —Ellen L. Bassuk, Scientific American, December 1991
- Catatonia is usually an expression of mental disorders like bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, but it could also come from other medical problems, such as a brain tumor.
- —Forrest Wickman, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 31 May 2012
- … mental diseases such as schizophrenia and manic depression may either involve more than one gene or may result from a complex mix of genetic predisposition and environmental rotten luck.
- —Natalie Angier, The New York Times Book Review, 12 Aug. 1990
- mentally ill patients
- Mental health workers … perform a wide variety of therapeutic, supportive, and preventative functions for persons who are mentally ill and developmentally disabled.
- —Barbara M. Swanson, Careers in Health Care, 1989
legal Definition of mental illness
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