uglypoet 52M
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11/21/2005 10:48 pm

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The word derives from two Greek words: neuron (nerve) and osis (diseased or abnormal condition).

A neurosis, in psychoanalytic theory, is an ineffectual coping strategy that Sigmund Freud suggested was caused by emotions from past experience overwhelming or interfering with present experience.

There are many different specific forms of neuroses: pyromania, obsessive-compulsive disorder, anxiety neurosis, hysteria (in which anxiety may be discharged through a physical symptom), and an endless variety of phobias

Some neuroses may be rooted in ego defense mechanisms but the two concepts are not synonymous. Defense mechanisms are a normal way of developing and maintaining a consistent sense of self (an ego) while only those thought and behavior patterns that produce difficulties in living should be termed neuroses. Although neuroses are targeted by psychoanalysis, psychotherapy/counselling, or other psychiatric techniques, there is still controversy over whether even these professionals can perform accurate and reliable diagnoses, and whether many of the resulting treatments are also appropriate, effective and reliable. Some studies show no extra benefit gained from talk therapies when compared with other kinds of (untrained) personal companionship and discussion. Good evidence has accumulated to show that some or many mental illnesses have a physiological basis and can respond to drugs and medical treatments. Of course, this raises questions about the traditional (Cartesian) distinction between mind and body. If causes of a mental illness are physical, then talk therapies are mere placebo or diversion and cannot effect a cure. On the other hand, if the body is shaped by thought patterns (for example, the creation of new neural pathways), then some ailments may indeed be generated (and curable) by patterns in a person's own thinking, emotion, and behavior. While the traditional talk-therapies (e.g. psychoanalysis) encourage the patient to explore these thought patterns, an argument can be made that cognitive therapy (which offers patients specific guidance on reshaping and replacing old patterns with new, more functional ones) should be more effective. However, since cognitive therapies rely on logical and reasonable communication and thought patterns, it may be that many patients are not sufficiently advanced in intelligence and self-control to benefit from the techniques. More research is needed about the relationship between different types of intelligence, personality, and the patient's responsiveness to different treatment techniques

rm_watever00 43F
70 posts
9/5/2006 1:17 am

well thanks for the lecture ... yawn and this is only chapter 1

efaith 43F

9/5/2006 1:59 am

i fear men...cure me

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