[sahy-kuh s-thee-nee-uh]


Psychiatry. (no longer in technical use) a neurosis marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, etc.

Origin of psychasthenia

From New Latin, dating back to 1905–10; see origin at psych-, asthenia
Related formspsy·chas·then·ic [sahy-kuh s-then-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəsˈθɛn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for psychasthenia

Historical Examples of psychasthenia

  • Then you can check your notes and decide if it's schizophrenia, or catatonia, or psychasthenia, or what not.

    A Thought For Tomorrow

    Robert E. Gilbert

  • I went to see a stomach specialist who looked me over and gravely informed me that I had psychasthenia anorexia.

    Confessions of a Neurasthenic

    William Taylor Marrs

  • He was confined two years, suffering from psychasthenia, with suicidal melancholia and delusion of persecution.

    Average Jones

    Samuel Hopkins Adams

  • I have stated that in medical practice two other types are described,—psychasthenia and hysteria.

    The Nervous Housewife

    Abraham Myerson