Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Suffering from exhaustion of the mental faculties, indicated by various morbid impulses, superstitious observances, abnormal fears, causeless anxieties, etc.
- n. One who suffers from psychasthenia.
“As a rule the properly so-called psychasthenic has only disorders of the reflection; he doubts but he does not rave.”
“Also from what Sartre would say about the most common cause of all psychasthenic ailments being grounded in fear his points seems logically concise, as the old saying goes fear controls.”
“With keen insight and scientific direction, they will teach the beginning paranoic, melancholic, neurasthenic, clairvoyant and psychasthenic the truth about themselves and the first hint of disassociation will be replaced by association, and rest homes, asylums and sanitarium doors will close forever!”
“Certain individuals pass in a few years from psychasthenic depression with doubts and obsessions to psychasthenic deliriums with stubbornness and negativism, then to asthenic insanity with irremediable and complete want of power.”
“These are very curious facts that one observes in the oscillations of the mind, in particular when the psychasthenic depression becomes more serious and transforms itself in psychasthenic delirium, which is more frequent than one generally imagines.”
“Whatever be the disorders you may consider, aboulias, hysterical accidents, psychasthenic obsessions, periodical depressions, melancholics, systematized deliriums, asthenic insanity, you will always find a number of facts resulting from this general perturbation.”
“This psychasthenic state, the folie du doute of the French, is accompanied by fear, restlessness and an oppressive feeling of unreality.”
“This picture may be further complicated by so-called neurasthenic, psychasthenic, hysterical or other reactions.”
“The groundwork for added states (hysteric, psychasthenic, and others) is here very fertile.”
“We should therefore appreciate the need of early recognition and treatment of tics and fixed habit movements, especially since there is a tendency to spread, for the tics to multiply, and for mental symptoms and reactions of a hysterical and psychasthenic nature to appear, if they do not already exist or have not existed before the onset of the tic.”
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