Jul 1, 1977

Predictive value of neuropathic traits

Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
F Askevold


The classic textbook concepts of neuropathic traits--enuresis, nail-biting, finger-sucking, sleep-walking, anxiety, nightmares, fear of darkness--have been anamnestically recorded in patients in a somatic hospital who were referred for psychiatric interview. More than 50% of the patients could report having had one or more such traits with an even distribution between males and females except for enuresis, which was recorded more frequently in males. The presence of such traits was correlated to adult mental health. No correlation was found between one single trait and later disorders. There was a positive correlation between two or more traits and neurotic states of anxiety or conversion neurosis, but no correlation with depressive disorders or psychosomatic diseases (after Alexander's concept).

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Psychophysiologic Disorders
Interview, Psychological
Depressive Disorder
Nail Biting
Depressive Symptoms
Psychiatric Interview and Evaluation

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