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anxiety neurosis


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Another name for generalized anxiety disorder. The term was introduced by Sigmund Freud (1856–1939) in the title of an article in 1894 ‘On the Grounds for Detaching a Particular Syndrome from Neurasthenia Under the Description “Anxiety Neurosis” ’ (Standard Edition, I, pp. 315–44), in which he distinguished it from neurasthenia, because of the predominance of anxiety, and from hysteria, because unlike hysteria, he interpreted it as an actual neurosis.

Subjects: Psychology.


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