noun (plural neuroses /-siːz/)Medicine
- 1A relatively mild mental illness that is not caused by organic disease, involving symptoms of stress (depression, anxiety, obsessive behaviour, hypochondria) but not a radical loss of touch with reality: Freud’s two-stage account of neurosis [count noun]: psychoses, neuroses, and personality disorders 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 non-technical use) excessive and irrational anxiety or obsession: too much neurosis about a child’s progress is unproductiveMore 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.