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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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(ˌsaɪkəsˈθɛnɪk) psychol
(Psychology) a person who has psychasthenia
(Psychology) related to psychasthenia
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Although Janet and Raymond's psychasthenic neurosis was a technical advancement in both conceptualization and designation, the psychopathologic category we know in our modern time as Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) was embedded in the diagnostic language as a set of cognitive and behavioral symptoms indicating a more severe presentation of the same condition (Janet & Raymond, 1903).
Others mentioned in passing had their cases discharged when magistrates were advised that their crimes were connected to "war psycho-neuroses," "neurasthenia," "hysteria," "psychasthenic inebriety," and "mental depression," suggesting that pre-trial diagnosis was, at first, far more significant than post-conviction treatment.
The MMPI-2 configuration for this group was less elevated than the other clinical group and the respondents in this cluster first of all portrayed an elevated 2-7 code type, leading us to label this cluster "the psychasthenic type." Women with this code type are characterized by chronic, deeply ingrained depressive features in conjunction with extensive feelings of inadequacy and guilt.