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ICD-10 - Neurasthenia

[From World Health Organization. The ICD-10 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders: Diagnostic Criteria for Research. Copyright, World Health Organization, Geneva, 1993.] ...

  1. Either of the following must be present:

    1. persistent and distressing complaints of feelings of exhaustion after a minor mental effort (such as performing or attempting to perform everyday tasks that do not require unusual mental effort);
    2. persistent and distressing complaints of feelings of fatigue and bodily weakness after minor physical effort;
    At least one of the following symptoms must be present:
    1. feelings of muscular aches and pains;
    2. dizziness;
    3. tension headaches;
    4. sleep disturbances;
    5. inability to relax;
    6. irritability

The patient is unable to recover from the symptoms in Criterion A (1) or (2) by means of rest, relaxation, or entertainment.
The duration of the disorder is at least 3 months.
Most commonly used exclusion clause. The disorder does not occur in the presence of organic emotionally labile disorder, postencephalitic syndrome, postconcussional syndrome, mood disorders, panic disorder, or generalized anxiety disorder.

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