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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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On the other hand, correlational analyses show that all clinical scales that suggest emotional issues, as depression, psychasthenia, anger and anxiety are associated with involuntary disengagement-type, dysfunctional avoidance strategies such as Rumination, Physiological responses and Self-Harmful behavior (Connor-Smith & Flashbart, 2007; Contreras et al.
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.
Throughout this historical development, fatigue has been linked to numerous terms: asthenia, anergy, fatigue, tiredness, exhaustion, apathy, inertia, boredom, weakness, psychasthenia, pusillanimity, laxity, or vulnerability.
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.
Analysis of the average results of SMQP test indicates that prior to the rehabilitation the most pronounced deviations were detected in the scales of neurotic triad (1st, 2nd, 3rd) and the scale of psychasthenia (7th scale).
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.
The scores on three clinical scales were only slightly elevated: Hypochondria (T=72), Depression (T=74) and Psychasthenia (anxiety and obsessive-compulsive symptoms--T=78).
Inverse correlation between morning plasma cortisol levels and MMPI psychasthenia and depression scale scores in victims of mobbing with adjustment disorders.
chronic daily headache, displayed higher score on psychasthenia (7), and medication-overuse headache was more frequently comorbid with the obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (8).
The questionnaire was applied Minimult of Kincannon (1968) for the measurement of eight psychological profiles (Hysteria, Depression, Paranoia, Schizophrenia, Psychasthenia, psychopathic deviation, Hypochondnasis and Hypomania).
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.