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 What Is Neurosis? What Causes And Symptoms Of Neurosis?

Neurosis may also be called psychoneurosis or neurotic disorder. Neurosis is a class of functional mental disorders involving distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations.


Neuroticism is a long-term tendency to be in a negative emotional state. People with neuroticism tend to have more depressed moods. Neurotic people suffer from feelings of guilt, envy, anger and anxiety, more frequently and more severely than other individuals. Neuroticism is the state of being neurotic.

History Of Neurosis!
The term neurosis was coined by the Scottish doctor William Cullen in 1769 to refer to "disorders of sense and motion" caused by a "general affection of the nervous system." Cullen used the term to describe various nervous disorders and symptoms that could not be explained physiologically. The meaning of the term was redefined by Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud over the early and middle 20th century. It has continued to be used in psychology and philosophy.

Neurotic disorder!

There are many different neuroses:
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Obsessive–compulsive disorder
  • Obsessive–compulsive personality disorder
  • Impulse control disorder
  • Hysteria
  • Phobias
Symptoms of neurosis!
the symptoms of neurosis may involve:
  • Anxiety
  • Sadness or depression
  • Anger,
  • Irritability
  • Mental confusion
  • Low sense of self-worth etc.
Behavioral symptoms!
Behavioral symptoms of neurosis may involve:
  • Phobic avoidance
  • Vigilance
  • Impulsive and compulsive acts
  • Lethargy etc.
Cognitive problems!
Cognitive symptoms of neurosis may involve:
  • Unpleasant or disturbing thoughts
  • Repetition of thoughts and obsession
  • Habitual fantasizing
  • Negativity and cynicism etc
Interpersonally, neurosis involves dependency, aggressiveness, perfectionism, schizoid isolation, socio-culturally inappropriate behaviors etc.

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