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It is possible that the main title of the report Neurasthenia is not the name you expected. Please check the synonyms listing to find the alternate name(s) and disorder subdivision(s) covered by this report.


  • Primary Neurasthenia
  • Cardiac Neurosis
  • Chronic Asthenia
  • Da Costa's Syndrome
  • Effort Syndrome
  • Functional Cardiovascular Disease
  • Soldier's Heart
  • Subacute Asthenia

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Angiopathic Neurasthemia
  • Angioparalytic Neurasthenia
  • Pulsating Neurasthenia
  • Gastric Neurasthenia
  • Neurasthenia Gravis
  • Neurasthenia Precox
  • Neurocirculatory Asthenia

General Discussion

The word "neurasthenia" is a term that has fallen into disuse among psychiatrists in the United States and Australia. It remains in use in the United Kingdom. Where it is used, it covers a wide spectrum of symptoms including the sensation of pain or of numbness in various parts of the body, chronic fatigue, weakness, anxiety, and fainting. Additional findings associated with this term may include rapid intense heartbeat that may be irregular (palpitations, tachycardia); cold, clammy hands and feet; abnormally rapid breathing (hyperventilating); dizziness or faintness; periodic sighing; and/or sweating for no apparent reason.


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Last Updated:  4/25/2008

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