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Dictionary definition of neurosis

A mental disorder marked by chronic anxiety or fear that is not directly related to a specific situation or event.
"The psychoanalyst believed that the patient's neurosis was rooted in childhood trauma."

Detailed meaning of neurosis

It is a more mild form of mental disorder and can be distinguished from psychosis, which is a more severe form of mental disorder characterized by a loss of contact with reality. Neurosis is often associated with feelings of inadequacy, guilt, and self-doubt, and can manifest in a variety of physical and emotional symptoms such as insomnia, fatigue, and irritability.

A person suffering from neurosis may display persistent, intense, unrealistic fears or anxieties, known as phobias, towards a certain situation or object, or may have an emotional detachment or repression of emotions. They can lead normal everyday lives but may find their emotional responses and decision making ability hindered by their condition.

The term "neurosis" is not commonly used in the current day diagnostic manual (DSM-5,ICD-11) and has been replaced by other term such as Anxiety disorder and Depressive disorder, that describes and cover the same symptoms of Neurosis.

Example sentences containing neurosis

1. He was plagued by an intense neurosis that affected his daily life.
2. The therapist diagnosed her with an anxiety neurosis.
3. The roots of his neurosis could be traced back to childhood trauma.
4. She sought professional help to overcome her neurosis.
5. His neurosis manifested as obsessive-compulsive behaviors.
6. The neurosis caused him to have frequent panic attacks.

History and etymology of neurosis

The noun 'neurosis' has its etymological roots in the Greek word 'neurosis,' which means 'nerve disorder' or 'affecting the nerves.' 'Neurosis' is used to describe a mental disorder characterized by chronic anxiety or fear that is not directly related to a specific situation or event. The term embodies the concept of psychological distress and emotional imbalance, often stemming from unresolved conflicts or stressors. 'Neurosis' reflects the understanding of mental health professionals regarding the complex interplay between the mind and emotions, underscoring the need for therapy and treatment to alleviate chronic anxiety and address the underlying psychological factors contributing to this condition. It serves as a reminder of the importance of mental well-being and the significance of addressing emotional distress for a healthy and balanced life.

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Further usage examples of neurosis

1. The constant worry and fear were symptoms of her neurosis.
2. The neurosis hindered his ability to form meaningful relationships.
3. The underlying cause of her neurosis was a deep-seated fear of abandonment.
4. The neurosis made it difficult for him to make decisions.
5. The therapist recommended cognitive-behavioral therapy to treat her neurosis.
6. The neurosis led to feelings of inadequacy and self-doubt.
7. The neurosis caused her to engage in repetitive and ritualistic behaviors.
8. The neurosis affected his sleep patterns, leading to chronic insomnia.
9. The neurosis resulted in a constant need for reassurance and validation.
10. The neurosis affected her social interactions and caused social anxiety.
11. The neurosis was characterized by irrational fears and phobias.
12. The neurosis caused him to avoid situations that triggered his anxiety.
13. The neurosis was deeply rooted in unresolved childhood conflicts.
14. The neurosis interfered with her ability to function effectively at work.



anxiety disorder, mental stability, calmness, serenity


SAT 2 (Scholastic Assessment Test), Discomfort and Distress, Ailments and Ill-Health

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