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A group of psychiatric symptoms, including phobias, obsessions, and compulsions, that were formerly thought to constitute a distinct disorder but are currently attributed to other disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.

psy′chas·then′ic (-thĕn′ĭk) adj.


(Psychology) psychol an obsessive neurosis or mental lethargy
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East had mentioned the possibility of treating "selected cases of crime, the result of psychasthenia and certain other conditions .
In the Normative Aging Study, anxiety characteristics such as psychasthenia, social introversion, phobia, manifest anxiety, and overall anxiety were associated with relative risk increases ranging from 1.
chronic daily headache, displayed higher score on psychasthenia (7), and medication-overuse headache was more frequently comorbid with the obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (8).
He found that missionaries who persevered scored significantly lower on the Lie (L) scale and higher on the Infrequency (F), Psychasthenia (Pt), and Control (Cn) scales than nonpersevering missionaries.
Missionaries who achieved reliable change at post-treatment had pre-treatment scores that were higher for the Depression (D), Psychasthenia (Pt), Social Inhibition (Si) clinical scales, higher for the DEP anxiety (ANX), and Trt content scales, and lower for the Correction (K) validity scale and Ego Strength (Es) supplementary scale.
A sufferer of a mild form of scrupulosity himself, Janet interpreted scrupulosity as one manifestation of psychasthenia.
Thus begins Roger Caillois's "Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia," an essay published in 1935 in Minotaure magazine that interweaves issues of personality, biological camouflage, and spatial assimilation.
Those included measures for psychasthenia and social introversion, as well scores from the Wiggins phobia scale and the Taylor Manifest Anxiety Scale.