from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A state of emotional and psychological well-being in which an individual is able to use his or her cognitive and emotional capabilities, function in society, and meet the ordinary demands of everyday life.
  • n. A branch of medicine that deals with the achievement and maintenance of psychological well-being.
  • n. A person's overall emotional and psychological condition: Since witnessing the accident, his mental health has been poor.

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  • n. One's emotional well-being, especially with reference to one's outlook on life, ability to cope with stress or the absence of a mental disorder.

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  • n. the psychological state of someone who is functioning at a satisfactory level of emotional and behavioral adjustment


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