Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A group of psychiatric symptoms, including phobias, obsessions, and compulsions. These symptoms are currently attributed to other disorders, including obsessive-compulsive disorder and anxiety disorders.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Weakness, through exhaustion, of the mental faculties; mental exhaustion.

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Examples

  • By the term psychasthenia is understood a group of conditions in which the bodily symptoms, such as fatigue, sleeplessness, loss of appetite, etc., are either not so marked as in neurasthenia, or else are overshadowed by other, more distinctly mental symptoms.

    The Nervous Housewife

  • The paranoia reading was low for someone with the prisoner's apparent intelligence, nor had he scored high in psychopathic deviation, schizophrenia, hypomania, depression, hysteria, masculinity/femininity, psychasthenia, or social introversion.

    The Girls He Adored

  • The paranoia reading was low for someone with the prisoner's apparent intelligence, nor had he scored high in psychopathic deviation, schizophrenia, hypomania, depression, hysteria, masculinity/femininity, psychasthenia, or social introversion.

    The Girls He Adored

  • The paranoia reading was low for someone with the prisoner's apparent intelligence, nor had he scored high in psychopathic deviation, schizophrenia, hypomania, depression, hysteria, masculinity/femininity, psychasthenia, or social introversion.

    The Girls He Adored

  • He knew that Kameon thought he was finicky to the point of psychasthenia.

    Covergent Series

  • To repeat, neuroses, neurasthenia, psychasthenia, and the various forms of neuropathy and psychopathy are dysgenic factors.

    Woman Her Sex and Love Life

  • This is a remarkable showing when we consider the strain of the strange, long, dark winter campaign, and of these fourteen cases six were mental deficiency that were not detected by the experts at time of enlistment and induction, three were hysteria, two neurasthenia, and three psychasthenia.

    The History of the American Expedition Fighting the Bolsheviki Campaigning in North Russia 1918-1919

  • In this way they give rise to the symptoms which we meet in hysteria and psychasthenia -- fears, phobias, obsessions, and tics, like stammering.

    Introduction to the Science of Sociology

  • One finds the coward very commonly in the clinics for nervous diseases, and in some cases the formidable term of psychasthenia is merely camouflage for the more direct English word.

    The Foundations of Personality

  • Freud has delimited what he calls obsessional or compulsion neurosis (Zwangsneurosis), which is classed under psychasthenia by the French and under neurasthenia by others.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

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  • psychasthenia – an incapacity to resolve doubts/uncertainties or to resist obsessions/compulsions that one knows are irrational

    July 26, 2008

  • I HAVE that!

    July 26, 2008

  • dictionary.com says "(no longer in technical use) a neurosis marked by fear, anxiety, phobias, etc."

    July 26, 2008

  • We visit again poor Eugenia,

    An anchoress now in Armenia,
    Unable to stir
    From helpless longueur
    And locked in a deep psychasthenia.

    For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and xenia.

    December 27, 2016