nervous exhaustion

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Related to nervous exhaustion: nervous breakdown


Medical history
A condition described in the late 1800s as being uniquely American, believed to most commonly affect those who performed cerebral work (e.g., physicians, lawyers and inventors), which is now known as stress. Reported findings included a loss of interest in mental labour and heart disturbances. Neurasthenia was viewed as a reflection of the natural superiority of the American culture and a product of the progress and refinement of modern civilisation; treatments included cold water cures, diets, exercise, arsenic and many others.

nervous exhaustion

1. Nervous breakdown, see there.
2. Neurasthenia, see there.


George Miller, U.S. physician, 1839-1883.
Beard disease - Synonym(s): Beard syndrome
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Beard test
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Taking time out and trying to reduce the stream of stimuli that can cause anxieties can aid recovery from nervous exhaustion.
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Cleaves herself believed that her manifold symptoms throughout her life were of a somatic nature due to a constitutional deficiency in nerve force that led to repeated attacks of nervous exhaustion.
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Lecithin is noted to be helpful in overcoming nervous exhaustion, choline in helping to overcome forgetfulness, valerian root to alleviate sleeplessness, and the herb scullcap to soothe nerves.
Then, in March, 1915, the regular captain of the Lusitania, Daniel Dow, suffering from nervous exhaustion as a result of the submarine threat to shipping, was relieved of command and Cunard appointed William Turner to take over.
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