• Michael Gossop


The concept of neurosis incorporates a group of disorders which are in many respects poorly defined and delineated. Nonetheless they are of great theoretical as well as clinical significance. If one accepts the estimate that as many as 13% or 14% of the general population may suffer from some form of neurotic disorder (Hagnell 1968; Shepherd 1973), it is clear that many millions of people are incapacitated to a considerable extent by the neuroses. Cattell and Scheier (1961) make an even higher estimate — that 25%–57% of the normal population will at some time be affected by a neurotic condition.


Anxiety Disorder Inescapable Shock Phobic Disorder Neurotic Symptom Neurotic Disorder 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Michael Gossop
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  1. 1.Drug Dependence Clinical Research and Treatment UnitThe Bethlem Royal HospitalBeckenham, KentGreat Britain

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