neurosis

neurosis
Initially a disorder of the nerves, although Sigmund Freud distinguished ‘actual’ and ‘psycho-neuroses’ (the latter having psychological origins), and the term is now used in this sense. Frequently contrasted with psychoses , neuroses are considered less severe, involving an exaggerated response to reality, such as excessive fear (phobia) or anxiety. Some psychiatric classifications, such as the DSM-III , eschew the concept for its aetiological implications. Neuroticism is sometimes identified as an important personality dimension. See also depression ; mental illness.

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