Neurotic personality

A person with a neurotic personality exhibits characteristics of excessive worry and anxiety over normal life events. Symptoms can include depression, unrealistic fears, obsessions, and repetitive, compulsive behaviors, as well as low self-esteem and being tense or irritable.

Treatment is not usually needed unless these traits interfere with the ability to function in daily life. Treatment for severe neurotic personality may include counseling and medications for anxiety.

Last Updated: March 17, 2009

Author: Jeannette Curtis

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry

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