A person with a neurotic personality exhibits characteristics of excessive worry and anxiety over normal life events. Symptoms can include depression, unrealistic fears, obsessions, and repetitive, compulsive behaviors as well as low self-esteem and being tense or irritable.
Treatment is not usually needed unless these traits interfere with the ability to function in daily life. Treatment for severe neurotic personality may include counseling and medicines for anxiety.
Last Revised: March 14, 2011
Author: Healthwise Staff
Medical Review: Sarah Marshall, MD - Family Medicine & Lisa S. Weinstock, MD - Psychiatry
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