What’s neurosis?

Let’s dive into the depths of our minds and explore the bizarre phenomenon known as neurosis. You might be asking yourself, what is neurosis? And to that, I say strap in for a wild ride because we are about to discover just how weird our brain can get.

The Definition

To start us off on this journey, let’s define what exactly is meant by neurosis. Basically, it refers to a class of mental disorders where someone exhibits non-psychotic behaviors such as anxiety or obsession without losing touch with reality (although I have met some people who make me question their grasp on reality).

Probing Deeper

Now that we’ve established an elementary definition let’s scrutinize further into this strange disorder.

Types of Neuroses:

Neurotic behaviors come in different flavors like cookies at grandma’s house. Here are three types you might encounter:

  • Generalized Anxiety Disorder: When someone gets anxious all the time over nothing specific.
  • Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD): We’ve all heard about these neat freaks before. OCD sufferers obsessively turn lights on-and-off or arrange things symmetrically …wait…did they lock my door? Better go check.
  • Hysteria: No way! Not hysteria – oh wait – calm down everyone – not THAT type! This refers to cases marked by emotional dysfunction (you know those feelings when your ice cream melts before you finish it?)

How Does One Recognize It?

Okay so now that we know the types let’s see if Johnny next door has one. But first hold up – you must realize there isn’t an official diagnosis test for neuroses; it requires observation skills and analysis from a trained professional ie Psychiatrists & Psychologists who study abnormal psychology (sounds creepy doesn’t it?). So do NOT diagnose your friends and family members even though Netflix makes it seem easy.


Although there could be an inherent reluctance for anyone to examine themselves, let us help you sniff out this condition by giving signs which can indicate that someone may have a neurosis. Some common symptoms are:

  • Increased Anxiety Levels – A sense of panic about relatively minor issues
  • Obsessive Behavior Patterns – Getting irked when objects aren’t in order or performing rituals or having routines religiously.
  • Inability to Maintain Relationships/Intimacy – Struggles with initiating relationships and insecurity during existing ones.
  • Developing Phobias & Panic Disorder: Fear of heights, spiders etcetera.
    These actions also overlap with other disorders so steer clear from self diagnosis! If feeling like the above mentioned, contact your mental health specialist.


It’s difficult to determine causality factors due to extensive individual differences; demographics and environmental experiences contribute differently per person. Still (German philosopher Immanuel Kant once said “’Still’ used as a transitional word, simply proves our indecision)” some potential causes are:

  1. Genetics: Susceptibility may/may not run in families
  2. Childhood Experiences – depending on childhoods traumatizing events like abuse or loss.
  3. Life experiences: Stresses arising from traumatic occurrences such as accidents or major life changes (like attending college).

Thus it is important for adequate attention if witnessing someone reacting unusually towards any event.


Luckily for those struggling with Neuroticism treatment does exist after diagnoses; psychological treatments (also known as talk therapy) include counseling sessions through discussion and behavioral approaches which try changing unhealthy behavioral patterns (such as procrastination…oops) . Medications will be prescribed too pending severity levels.

To Sum It Up:

We´ve all experienced emotions that confound us at times but alas anxiety attacks where one feels incapable of doing anything push them overboard says Katherin Shear, MD Psychiatrist at Columbia University in New York. In the end Neurosis is a common disorder and could be treated by trained professionals without causing worries of insanity (hence why we called it non-psychotic behavior earlier).

So take care of your mind like you would with bodily illusions because as weird as our minds may get – they are still pretty darn valuable!

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