neurosis[no̵o rō′sis, nyo̵o-]
- Neurosis is a mental problem not caused by organic disease but characterized by symptoms of stress, phobias or depression.
- A mild case of obsessive compulsive disorder is an example of neurosis.
- When a group of people are needlessly paranoid about changes taking place in a town, this is an example of neurosis.
- Psychiatry any of various mental disorders in which there is a symptom or group of symptoms that causes psychological pain or discomfort and may be very disabling: common neuroses include anxiety, compulsions, phobias, and depression
- popularly any emotional disturbance other than a psychosis
Origin of neurosisModL: see neuro- and amp; -osis
According to Wikipedia the term is no longer part of mainstream psychiatric terminology in the United States, though it continues to be employed in psychoanalytic theory and practice, and in various other theoretical disciplines.