[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
Article
August 1938

PSYCHIATRIC THERAPY FOR DYSPHONIA: APHONIA; PSYCHOPHONASTHENIA; FALSETTO

Arch Otolaryngol. 1938;28(2):213-221. doi:10.1001/archotol.1938.00650040221005
Abstract

The so-called functional disorders of the voice are presumably of psychic origin, with no organic involvement. However, it has slowly been realized that biologically one can never classify a disorder as purely functional or purely organic. It is always a question of considering the organism as a whole, that is, considering all the phases of the person's makeup—mental, physical and emotional.

While it is important to know how mature a person is physically and mentally, it is equally—if not more important—to know how mature he is emotionally. This is particularly true when one considers that an innate tendency toward emotional and nervous instability underlies the neuroses and that, to a greater or lesser degree, the dormant seeds of a neurosis are present in all human beings. That is, all persons are liable to peculiar states of tension or irritability of the nervous system.

These states, which underlie the neuroses, are

×