Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.
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How to use neurasthenia in a sentence
They often appear in digestive disturbances, in neurasthenia, and when the oxidizing power of the system is diminished.A Manual of Clinical Diagnosis | James Campbell Todd
Physical, intellectual, or emotional strain can cause neurasthenia suddenly or gradually.
The walking may simulate paralytic forms if hysteria is mixed with the neurasthenia.
Nagging never cured anything except a tendency toward virtue, and it always deepens neurasthenia.
There is always a causative shock or injury, which is followed at once or after an interval by the symptoms of neurasthenia.
British Dictionary definitions for neurasthenia
an obsolete technical term for a neurosis characterized by extreme lassitude and inability to cope with any but the most trivial tasks
- neurasthenic (ˌnjʊərəsˈθɛnɪk), adjective
- neurasthenically, adverb
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