|Other names||discomfort, uneasiness|
|Specialty||Family medicine, Internal medicine, Pediatrics, Geriatrics, Psychiatry, Clinical psychology|
|Symptoms||feeling of uneasiness or discomfort.|
|Diagnostic method||based on symptoms|
|Differential diagnosis||pain, anxiety, depression|
The term is also often used figuratively in other contexts.
Malaise is a non-specific symptom and can be present in the slightest ailment, such as an emotion (causing fainting, a vasovagal response) or hunger (light hypoglycemia), to the most serious conditions (cancer, stroke, heart attack, internal bleeding, etc.).
Malaise expresses a patient's uneasiness that "something is not right" that may need a medical examination to determine the significance.
"Economic malaise" refers to an economy that is stagnant or in recession (compare depression). The term is particularly associated with the US 1973-75 recession. A speech made by President Jimmy Carter in 1979 is commonly referred to as the "malaise" speech, although the term was not in the speech.