Chapter 7
TREATMENT OF THE NEUROSES

Although the neuroses are correctly described as psychological illnesses, in that their origins are to be sought in the individual's history and in his emotional relationships, both past and present, this does not mean that they are without physical manifestations and effects. Indeed, as I have emphasized throughout this book, two of the most distressing and central symptoms of the neuroses, anxiety and depression, are not simply mental phenomena but physiological, or rather psychophysiological, experiences of our whole being, which only verbal conventions compel us to describe as though they consist of two concurrent types of experience, one mental and the other physical. In this anxiety and depression resemble all other emotions, both pleasant and unpleasant.

As a result, the neuroses, or at least some of the manifestations of neurosis, are amenable to alteration by physiological means, and both anxiety and depression can be either increased or decreased by physical agencies. In practice, of course, the number of occasions on which anyone would want to increase either depression or anxiety must be very few, but, since they are in many respects antithetical states of mind and body,

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Foreword vii
  • Introduction xi
  • Chapter 1 - Anxiety, Fear And Expectancy 1
  • Chapter 2 - Anxiety, Fright And Shock 16
  • Chapter 3 - Anxiety, Guilt And Depression 36
  • Chapter 4 - Inhibitions, Symptoms And Anxiety 55
  • Chapter 5 - Defence And Adaptive Behaviour 69
  • Chapter 6 - The Neuroses 95
  • Chapter 7 - Treatment of The Neuroses 128
  • Bibliography 145
  • Index 151
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