neurosis

A personality disorder generally characterized by anxiety, phobias, obsessions or compulsions which are irrational but nevertheless real to the possessor, and which are probably caused by interpersonal conflict. There is no gross personality disorganization and there may not be any behavioral manifestations. Neurosis is a mental disorder that prevents the victim from dealing effectively with reality.

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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