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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.
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(Psychology) psychol an obsessive neurosis or mental lethargy
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Other unspecified nonpsychotic mental disorders, along with writer's block and psychasthenia):
The control-structure factor correlates significantly with all the variables except agitated depression, psychopathic deviation and psychasthenia. The lack of correlation with psychopathic deviation could be due to the fact that this dimension is especially influenced by genetic or endophenotypical aspects (Pardini, Raine, Erickson & Loeber, 2014) and less by parental socialization style, and because learning by punishment is modified in adolescents with psychopathic deviation (Salamone & Correa, 2012) or because this scale of the CAQ may not be well defined (Gomez, De Paz, Tejerina, Perez & Luna, 2007).
By the turn of the twentieth century, "Psychasthenia" (Janet & Raymond, 1903) served as an adequate replacement for each of the then archaic descriptions.
Upon entering the space, viewers came across two boxes filled with live organisms: moths and cocooned larvae, part of Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia (Roger Caillois) (all works 2018).
Alan Sheridan (New York: Norton, 1978), 91-104; Roger Caillois and John Shepley, "Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia," October 31 (Winter, 1984), 17-32 (originally published in Minotaure 7, 1935); Roger Caillois, "The Praying Mantis: from Biology to Psychoanalysis" and "Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia," in The Edge of Surrealism: A Roger Caillois Reader, ed.
The character who dies from fear has, "due to psychasthenia, a tendency towards scrupulosity (he is "extremely scrupulous", the writer specifies).
But starting with the 19th century, when melancholia turned into depression (Berrios 1996), nonpsychotic forms were no longer prominent, as people preferred neurasthenia, anxiety or obsessive psychasthenia.
A third example is the surrealist journal Minotaure where humans and animals were constantly juxtaposed and where Roger Caillois first published 'Mimicry and Legendary Psychasthenia' (1935), a classic camouflage text but one comparing human and insect mimicry.
From the mid-nineteenth century, fatigue has been understood as tiredness and exhaustion, and has been linked to both functional (e.g., neurasthenia and psychasthenia) and infectious (e.g., Syndrome Chronic Epstein-Barr) disorders.
East had mentioned the possibility of treating "selected cases of crime, the result of psychasthenia and certain other conditions ...
For example, Derogatis and Melisaratos (1983) reported strong correlations between interpersonal sensitivity and the MMPI Psychasthenia and Schizophrenia scales, which are analogous to the AMPI Anxiousness and Schizotypic scales.