- Also called psychoneurosis. a functional disorder in which feelings of anxiety, obsessional thoughts, compulsive acts, and physical complaints without objective evidence of disease, in various degrees and patterns, dominate the personality.
- a relatively mild personality disorder typified by excessive anxiety or indecision and a degree of social or interpersonal maladjustment.
Origin of neurosis
Examples from the Web for neuroses
From a novel of Brooklyn neuroses to what happens when evangelicals take over an Alaskan national park.This Week’s Hot Reads, July 15, 2013
Sarah Stodola, Jen Vafidis, Damaris Colhoun
July 15, 2013
Would you use the same expression to describe male writers who suffer from neuroses or mental illnesses?Interview: ‘Heroines’ Author Kate Zambreno
November 23, 2012
He would always say that a good relationship is just a pairing of neuroses.Ellen Barkin on 'Another Happy Day,' Sam Levinson, and Being a 'Broad'
November 16, 2011
The amount is not influenced by neuroses or circulatory disturbances.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis
James Campbell Todd
Neuroses and psychoses are peculiarly frequent in childhood and youth.Degeneracy
Eugene S. Talbot
That will not do for us, since we have taken the dream as preparation for the study of the neuroses.
But that is due to the relation which the phenomena of the dream have to those of the neuroses.
Our insight into the causation of the neuroses has therefore been amplified.
- a relatively mild mental disorder, characterized by symptoms such as hysteria, anxiety, depression, or obsessive behaviourAlso called: psychoneurosis
Word Origin and History for neuroses
1776, "functional derangement arising from disorders of the nervous system," coined by Scottish physician William Cullen (1710-1790) from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + Modern Latin -osis "abnormal condition." Used in a general psychological sense since 1871; clinical use in psychiatry dates from 1923.
- A psychological state characterized by excessive anxiety or insecurity, compensated for by various defense mechanisms and lacking evidence of neurologic or other organic disease. No longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.
- A psychological state characterized by excessive anxiety or insecurity without evidence of neurologic or other organic disease, sometimes accompanied by defensive or immature behaviors. This term is no longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.