psychoneurosis

A nervous disorder or an emotional maladjustment which results in or involves deviate behavior: an abnormality of the personality structure which is a disguised reaction to some psychic irritant. In the medical field the theory is widely held that stuttering is a symptom of a psychoneurotic condition, but most speech-language pathologist appear to reject largely or wholly the view that stuttering is a primary psychoneurosis. (See neurosis.)

Definition reprinted with permission from Hood, Stephen B. (editor) available from Stuttering Foundation of America: Stuttering Words (Publication No 2: Speech Foundation of America)

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