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(noor-ō′sēz″) pl. neuroses [neuro- + -sis]
1. In traditional, e.g., Freudian, psychiatry, an unconscious conflict that produces anxiety and other symptoms and leads to maladaptive use of defense mechanisms. 2. An unpleasant or maladaptive psychological disorder that may affect personality, mood, or certain limited aspects of behavior but that does not distract the affected individual from carrying out most activities of daily living. 3. A term formerly used to describe anxiety disorders, phobias, obsessions and compulsions, or somatoform disorders. SYN: SEE: neurotic disorder; SEE: psychoneurosis
TREATMENT Psychotherapy, cognitive therapy, behavioral therapy, family therapy, minor tranquilizers, and/or sedatives may be used.
Many neuroses are chronic and debilitating; others are minor, manageable, or adaptive. Treatment may be difficult in some cases.
Venes, Donald, editor. "Neurosis." Taber's Medical Dictionary, 23rd ed., F.A. Davis Company, 2017. Taber's Online, www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/739213/all/compulsion_neurosis.
Neurosis. In: Venes D, ed. Taber's Medical Dictionary. 23rd ed. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/739213/all/compulsion_neurosis. Accessed September 21, 2019.
Neurosis. (2017). In Venes, D. (Ed.), Taber's Medical Dictionary. Available from https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/739213/all/compulsion_neurosis
Neurosis [Internet]. In: Venes D, editors. Taber's Medical Dictionary. F.A. Davis Company; 2017. [cited 2019 September 21]. Available from: https://www.tabers.com/tabersonline/view/Tabers-Dictionary/739213/all/compulsion_neurosis.
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