Neurasthenia

National Organization for Rare Disorders, Inc.

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Synonyms

  • 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.

Resources

National Mental Health Consumers' Self-Help Clearinghouse
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National Mental Health Association
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Email: infoctr@nmha.org
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National Alliance for the Mentally Ill
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Arlington, VA 22201-3042
Tel: (703)524-7600
Fax: (703)524-9094
Tel: (800)999-6264
TDD: (703)516-7227
Email: membership@nami.org
Internet: http://www.nami.org

NIH/National Institute of Mental Health
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Rockville, MD 20892-9663
Tel: (301)443-4513
Email: nimhinfo@nih.gov
Internet: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/

Genetic and Rare Diseases (GARD) Information Center
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Gaithersburg, MD 20898-8126
Tel: (301)251-4925
Fax: (301)251-4911
Tel: (888)205-2311
TDD: (888)205-3223
Email: ordr@od.nih.gov
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