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Mental disturbance   /mˈɛntəl dɪstˈərbəns/   Listen
Mental disturbance

noun
1.
(psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness.  Synonyms: disturbance, folie, mental disorder, psychological disorder.






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"Mental disturbance" Quotes from Famous Books



... aware of her presence for the first time, Mrs. Markham turned and looked Rosalie straight in the face. And as though realizing the common sense in this counsel, she seated herself. Only a gnawing at her under lip indicated her mental disturbance. ...
— The House of Mystery • William Henry Irwin

... superintendence, and the pawnshop was shut up, the motor-car started again for Bursley, Lily Holl being beside her lover and Sophia alone in the body of the car. Sophia had told them nothing of the nature of her mission. She was incapable of talking to them. They saw that she was in a condition of serious mental disturbance. Under cover of the noise of the car, Lily said to Dick that she was sure Mrs. Scales was ill, and Dick, putting his lips together, replied that he meant to be in King Street at nine-thirty at the latest. From time to time Lily surreptitiously glanced at Sophia—a ...
— The Old Wives' Tale • Arnold Bennett

... school work with an idea that if he is to become a professional musician he need only devote himself to music. This one-sided cultivation should be reserved for idiots who can do nothing else. The child-wonder is often the victim of some mental disturbance. ...
— Great Pianists on Piano Playing • James Francis Cooke

... sometimes abstracted. He was most kind and affectionate, and there was in his manner a paternal tenderness and sympathy which the young man was deeply touched by. If it had been possible for him to have spoken to any living being of the singular mental disturbance he had felt beginning in him of late, he could have confessed it to Lord Dunstanwolde. But nature had created in him a tendency to silence and reserve where his own feelings were concerned. As to most human beings there is a consolation in pouring forth ...
— His Grace of Osmonde • Frances Hodgson Burnett

... thousand fragments, and the images of the two women to melt into and destroy one another without his being able to disconnect them or to separate his feeling for the one from his feeling for the other. And above all this mental disturbance was the anxiety occasioned by the immediate circumstances, by the necessity for adopting some practical line of action. Donna Maria's slight change of attitude had not escaped him, and he seemed to feel Elena's gaze riveted upon him. What ...
— The Child of Pleasure • Gabriele D'Annunzio

... after their return to Paris) were frequently without the necessaries of life. Christine was, however, devoted to her husband, and did all she could to induce him to leave the picture, which she saw was increasing his mental disturbance. This was becoming more serious, and in the death of his child he saw only the subject of a picture, L'Enfant Mort, which was exhibited at the Salon and was received with even more contempt than Plein ...
— A Zola Dictionary • J. G. Patterson

... worse I became; and I actually soon began to experience darting pains in the chest, together with other symptoms of a renewal of pulmonary disease. Perceiving my danger, however, from the state of my mind, I at length made a powerful effort to shake off the mental disturbance—which succeeded. This, together with moderate labor and rather more exercise than before, seemed ...
— Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages • William Andrus Alcott

... took one himself, and the two men sat confronting each other with a writing-table between them. Wharton was disagreeably conscious at times of the stiff papers in his coat-pocket, and was perhaps a little paler than usual. Otherwise he showed no trace of mental disturbance; and Craven, himself jaded and sleepless, was struck with a momentary perception of his companion's boyish good looks—the tumbling curls, that Wharton straightened now and then, the charming blue eyes, the athlete's frame. Any stranger would have taken Craven for ...
— Marcella • Mrs. Humphry Ward

... Sunday school superintendent, who, when I was a kid, predicted that I would come to a bad end. You see, we never can judge of our own mental condition at the time. It's only when you look back that you can take stock of yourself. The result of this mental disturbance upon me was insomnia. I couldn't get to sleep; but I kept track of the ship, and worried the three Dutchmen and the Jap into trimming sail ...
— The Grain Ship • Morgan Robertson



Words linked to "Mental disturbance" :   aberration, emotional disturbance, emotional disorder, folie a deux, affective disorder, schizothymia, neuroticism, psychological medicine, delusional disorder, encopresis, upset, neurosis, conversion hysteria, anxiety disorder, delirium, disorder, Asperger's syndrome, conversion disorder, personality disorder, psychosomatic disorder, dissociative disorder, psychiatry, major affective disorder, conversion reaction, psychoneurosis, folie, psychopathology



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