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Neurasthenia And Hypochondriasis

The diagnostic categories of neurasthenia and Hypochondriasis have been deleted from the standard nomenclature of the American Psychiatric Association. These terms have been the subject, of varying opinions with regard to their suitability in a system of classification and diagnosis. There were about ten patients in this study, mostly women, whom the writer felt would fit well into the old descriptions of syndromes covered by these two terms. To maintain consistency, and since their number was not very large, they were classified instead under other diagnostic categories, based on the underlying pathology. Thus, if the patient had strong depressive trends, he was classified under “depression”; if there was undue rumination about a certain body organ or body function, he was placed under the category of an obsessional neurosis.

 

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