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Anxiety in neurotic disorders: a clinical perspective

MARIA SIWIAK-KOBAYASHI1
1. Kliniki Nerwic IPiN w Warszawie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1994, 3, 53-59
Keywords: anxiety, neurosis, neurotic disorders, clinical problems, classification

Abstract

Incidence of anxiety in neurotic disorders is analysed by the author arguing against the concept of "neurosis" exclusion from some more recent classifications of mental disorders. According to the author, such an exclusion is doubtful and leading to interpretational difficulties. It is emphasized that the state-of-the-art psychiatric, psychological and neurophysiological knowledge allows to support the earlier assumption that negative affects, and especially anxiety, play a crucial role in the pathogenesis of neurotic disorders. Particular subgroups of neurotic disorders differ from each other in respect of the predominating type of anxiety reactions and their intensity, which has some specific therapeutic implications. (Eds.)

Address for correspondence:
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Klinika Nerwic IPiN,
Al. Sobieskiego 1/9,
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