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Psychosis   /saɪkˈoʊsəs/   Listen

(pl. psychoses)
Any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted.

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"Psychosis" Quotes from Famous Books

... a Jewish physician of Odessa, disturbed by the pogroms of 1881, made a keen analysis of the position of the Jews, declared that anti-Semitism was a psychosis and incurable, that the cause of it was the abnormal condition of Jewish life, and that the only remedy for it was the removal of the cause through self-help and self-liberation. The Jewish people must become an independent nation, settled ...
— The Jewish State • Theodor Herzl

... that if the eyes are covered or closed they cannot be seen. Some think the entire body thus vanishes from sight of others; some, that the head also ceases to be visible; and a still higher form of this curious psychosis is that, when they are closed, the soul cannot be seen." (American Journal of Psychology, vol. ix, No. 3, 1898.) The instinctive and unreasoned character of this act is further shown by its occurrence in idiots. Naecke ...
— Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6) • Havelock Ellis

Words linked to "Psychosis" :   schizophrenia, mental illness, delirium tremens, DTs, schizophrenic disorder, mental disease, dementia praecox, psychotic, psychopathy, paranoia

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