- n. (psychiatry) a psychological disorder of thought or emotion; a more neutral term than mental illness
“If the teachings of Christianity were to be generally followed, there would very rarely be a paretic, since for the most part syphilis is acquired only from illegitimate intercourse; there would be no alcoholism; and the untold distress caused by mental disturbance would be spared mankind.”
“In the individual cases described by Esquirol we recognize a more profound mental disturbance than is shown in the epidemic or hysterical variety.”
“A chronic state of exhaustion produces psychoses, severe and protracted hæmorrhages, weakness due to chronic purulent disease, malignant new growths, etc. Occasionaly the mental disturbance bears a direct relation to phases of the female sexual life (menstruation, pregnancy, labour, suckling, change of life).”
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