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What does it mean if somebody has neurosis?

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Dr. Steven Reidbord
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: Emotional symptoms

Sigmund freud coined the term "neurosis" to mean symptoms that appeared neurological (due to diseased nerves) but were actually psychological.
It later came to mean a deep emotional conflict — two feelings at odds with each other — that produce psychological symptoms unconsciously (outside of the person's awareness). It's an old term & not used much anymore, although the concept is still useful.

In brief: Emotional symptoms

Sigmund freud coined the term "neurosis" to mean symptoms that appeared neurological (due to diseased nerves) but were actually psychological.
It later came to mean a deep emotional conflict — two feelings at odds with each other — that produce psychological symptoms unconsciously (outside of the person's awareness). It's an old term & not used much anymore, although the concept is still useful.
Dr. Steven Reidbord
Dr. Steven Reidbord
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology

In brief: Old term

Neurotics have behaviors / feelings / fears / anxieties / compulsions that they do not want and recognize as unrealistic.
These may result from brain anatomy / chemistry and/or life experiences and/or behaviors learned in sick environments as kids that they must relearn. Generally these are treatable if the person's willing to work with a good mental health team.

In brief: Old term

Neurotics have behaviors / feelings / fears / anxieties / compulsions that they do not want and recognize as unrealistic.
These may result from brain anatomy / chemistry and/or life experiences and/or behaviors learned in sick environments as kids that they must relearn. Generally these are treatable if the person's willing to work with a good mental health team.
Dr. Ed Friedlander
Dr. Ed Friedlander
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