American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A type of schizophrenia characterized by foolish mannerisms, senseless laughter, delusions, hallucinations, and regressive behavior.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A form of insanity incident to the age of puberty.
- n. obsolete A type of mental disorder occurring during puberty.
- n. A form of schizophrenia characterised by inappropriate behaviour and emotional responses.
- n. a form of schizophrenia characterized by severe disintegration of personality including erratic speech and childish mannerisms and bizarre behavior; usually becomes evident during puberty; the most common diagnostic category in mental institutions
- From Ancient Greek ἥβη ("youthful beauty") (also Ἥβη ("the goddess Hebe")) + φρήν ("mind"). (Wiktionary)
- Greek hēbē, youth + -phrenia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“His more debilitating behavior, which they called hebephrenia—characterized by delusions and inappropriate laughing—probably would not respond to brain surgery, they said, whereas the operation might be more effective in treating his obsessive-compulsive behavior.”
“Criteria for subtyping schizophrenia: Clinical differentia tion of hebephrenia and paranoid schizophrenia.”
“The earlier literature used paranoid versus nonparanoid (e.g., hebephrenia) (1003) to characterize this dichotomy, whereas the modern literature often refers to it as positive-symptom versus negative-symptom schizophrenia (51).”
“Here they show nothing characteristic of the well-known dementing processes, as hebephrenia, for example; but very frequently, although quite young, their entire manner and behavior suggest a certain dilapidation and deterioration.”
“Most of the cases charged to masturbation," writes Kiernan (in a private letter), basing his opinion on wide clinical experience, "are either hebephrenia or hysteria in which an effect is taken for the cause.”
“Let us recall also the mental troubles, the psychoses designated by the name hebephrenia.”
“Earlier in 1871, Ewald Hecker, another German psychiatrist, described hebephrenia, a classification that continues to this day as the disorganized schizophrenia subtype.”
“This is odd, but the ever-knowing movie script acknowledges it: Kirk Lazarus recognizes and uses his smattering of Mandarin phrases at a level a bit above hebephrenia (according to Keelung).”
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“To place in the same rubric a simple somatic hysteria like a paralysis and the complications of what are comprised in psychological neurasthenia as so lucidly described in this book, seems at first sight irrational; but so at first appeared the placing together of clinical pictures as unlike as cervical struma, phthisis pulmonalis and ossious caries under the rubric of tuberculosis, and in a nearer field the synthesis of catatonia, hebephrenia and cementing paranoia into the rubric of dementia precox.”
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