NEURASTHENIA. (Nervous Prostration.)
Neurasthenia is a condition of the nervous system which by reason of excessive fatigue has become so exhausted that the working powers of the body do not act in their natural manner. What might cause a condition of Neurasthenia in a nervous person would not effect a slow going, phlegmatic person. On the other hand a condition severe enough to cause excitability and ungovernable irritability of temper in the latter might be sufficient to cause insanity in the former case.
It is in the high strung, nervous society woman or the overburdened business man that this trouble is prevalent.
Symptoms. A person afflicted with Neurasthenia may manifest it in its simpler form by excessive nervousness, irritability and general crankiness. In aggravated form by melancholia, conditions with gloomy forebodings, a desire to be apart from friends, the afflicted has headaches, is unable to sleep, has dizzy attacks or vertigo, loss of memory. Cannot concentrate attention for any length of time, and later on muscular and other weaknesses are noticeable.
Treatment. Complete rest, suitable food, proper stimulation and surroundings of improved hygienic and moral conditions. Massage, baths of different varieties, travel, light reading, release from trying cares, fresh air and change of occupation are necessary to effect a cure.
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