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May 1982

Tribute to a Word: Neurosis

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60 Sutton PI S New York, NY 10022

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1982;39(5):623. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1982.04290050087016

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To the Editor.  —Must we really part, dear word? May I never again allow you to add depth, grace, and substance to a diagnostic formulation? Will you never again be permitted to describe what you have stood for so well, for nearly a century? Has DSM-III forever driven you from the annals of psychiatric diagnosis?You are rooted in the romantic history of an era. Your very utterance instantly recalls—for many of us— decades of psychoanalytic explorations into the depths of the unconscious: Freud, Jung, Adler, Sullivan, and Horney. Does all this go with you?You have done a heroic job of identifying and describing so many of those painful emotions and behaviors with which we humans suffer. Your many facets and subtleties allow you to operate at so many levels at once.At the diagnostic level, you appear, and immediately we are informed that the condition is a neurosis,

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