noun (plural neuroses /-ˌsēz/)Medicine
- 1A relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress (depression, anxiety, obsessive behavior, hypochondria) but not a radical loss of touch with reality. Compare with psychosis.More example sentences
- Freud presented the world of phantasy as a ‘storehouse’ that the patient can draw on to feed both his neurosis and his psychosis.
- These substitutions are sometimes viewed as part of a neurosis or psychosis.
- There are other conditions which may cause a malfunctioning of the mind which, while they may have an organic cause, are not neuroses or psychoses, for example, epilepsy or hyperglycaemia arising from diabetes.
- 1.1(In nontechnical use) excessive and irrational anxiety or obsession: apprehension over mounting debt has created a collective neurosis in the business worldMore example sentences
- OK, so I'm a quivering bundle of irrational neuroses, but that's not the point.
- So what made this scene so powerfully articulate ‘collective neuroses and fears’?
- We need a disposal service for our collective neuroses, something to clear away the rubbish of our self-regard and pomposity.