Anxiety neurosis

a neurotic disorder characterized by pervasive anxiety.
Historical Examples

I shall tell you then that we distinguish three pure forms of true neuroses: neurasthenia, anxiety neurosis and hypochondria.
A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud

She was tense and nervous, tied in the emotional knots of an anxiety neurosis.
The Cartels Jungle Irving E. Cox, Jr.

On innumerable occasions we have learned that anxiety neurosis vanishes when the sexual misuse is abandoned.
A General Introduction to Psychoanalysis Sigmund Freud

a relatively mild form of mental illness characterized by extreme distress and agitation, often occurring without any obvious cause

anxiety neurosis n.
A disorder characterized by feelings of persistent apprehension, fear, or impending doom, which, when acute, manifest themselves in attacks that are unpredictable, usually of short duration, and occur in situations that are not life threatening. Also called anxiety state.


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