In DSM-II, this category is called Neuroses

Anxiety is the chief characteristic of the neuroses. It may be felt and expressed directly, or it may be controlled unconsciously and automatically by conversion, displacement and various other psychological mechanisms. Generally, these mechanisms produce symptoms experienced as subjective distress from which the patient desires relief.

The neuroses, as contrasted to the psychoses, manifest neither gross distortion or misinterpretation of external reality, nor gross personality disorganization. A possible exception to this is hysterical neurosis, which some believe may occasionally be accompanied by hallucinations and other symptoms encountered in psychoses.

Traditionally, neurotic patients, however severely handicapped by their symptoms, are not classified as psychotic because they are aware that their mental functioning is disturbed.


  1. Anxiety neurosis
  2. Hysterical neurosis
    1. Hysterical neurosis, conversion type
    2. Hysterical neurosis, dissociative type
  3. Phobic neurosis
  4. Obsessive compulsive neurosis
  5. Depressive neurosis
  6. Neurasthenic neurosis (Neurasthenia)
  7. Depersonalization neurosis (Depersonalization syndrome)
  8. Hypochondriacal neurosis
  9. Other neurosis



Phobic Disorders (or Phobic Neuroses)

  1. Agoraphobia
  2. Social Phobia
  3. Simple Phobia

Anxiety States (or Anxiety Neuroses)

  1. Panic Disorder
  2. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  3. Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (or Obsessive Compulsive Neurosis)
  4. Post-traumatic Stress Disorder

Atypical anxiety disorder



  1. Panic Attack
  2. Agoraphobia
  3. Panic Disorder
  4. Agoraphobia Without History of Panic Disorder
  5. Specific Phobia
  6. Social Phobia
  7. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
  8. Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
  9. Acute Stress Disorder
  10. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  11. Anxiety Disorder Due to General Medical Condition
  12. Substance-Induced Anxiety Disorder
  13. Anxiety Disorder NOS



  1. Separation Anxiety Disorder
  2. Selective Mutism
  3. Specific Phobia
  4. Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)
  5. Panic Disorder
  6. Panic Attack Specifier
  7. Agoraphobia
  8. Generalized Anxiety Disorder
  9. Substance/Medication-Induced Anxiety Disorder
  10. Anxiety Disorder Due to Another Medical Condition
  11. Other Specified Anxiety Disorder
  12. Unspecified Anxiety Disorder
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.