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Neurosis

Bryan Applications, N

A nervous disorder which is unaccompanied by structural changes in the nerve tissue to account for it is termed a neurosis. It is also said to be a functional nervous disease as distinguished from an organic disease, that is, one in which there is inflammation, degeneration or some other morbid alteration of tissue. The neuroses comprise the neurose proper, the causes of which are fatigue, undernutrition, toxemia or something else of a physical nature, and the psycho-neuroses, in which the cause is entirely mental. Though such a distinction can be recognized in the causation of the two groups of disorders, there is no such difference in the character of the morbid processes resulting from these causes. Whether it is a neurosis or psychoneurosis it is a mental disorder.

The neuroses proper are neurasthenia, hysteria, hypochondria; and the psychoneuroses are hysteria, including the conversion and the anxiety forms of this disease, and obsessional, or compulsive, neurosis. An occupational neurosis, such as writer’s cramp, is akin to a psychoneurosis, and so also what is called a traumatic neurosis, or traumatic neurasthenia, as a disorder of this kind is hysterical in nature.

A neurosis may be curable by physical methods, rest, tonics, massage and soon, but a psychoneurosis can be satisfactorily dealt with only by some kind of psychotherapy. A fuller account of these disorders is given under individual headings.

A person who suffers from a functional nervous disease, or who seems to possess a tendency in this direction, may be said to be neurotic. See: Mental disease..

Application and treatment:

A disorder of the mental constitution; in contrast with psychosis, it is less incapacitating. The personality remains more or less intact. It is sometimes called psychoneurosis.

In a depressive reaction, the person experiences a general sense of physical and mental inertia, marked by an attitude of general pessimism, self-depreciation, and self-absorption. The neurotic depression is provoked by seemingly nothing, or if is a response to an event, it becomes exaggerated and lengthy and exists for itself.

In the conversion reaction, the person, rather than facing a painful situation, imagines that he has some physical disorder such as blindness or inability to move one arm. His described symptoms are usually inaccurate.

Fear of something or elaborate defenses for acknowledging some inner emotional trouble allows the person to cope with and adjust to his environment.

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