• Neurotic behavior, or neuroticism, a personality trait under the Big Five, involves intense negative reactions and diverse coping mechanisms.
  • Symptoms of neuroticism include mood swings, shame, persistent worries, and difficulty regulating emotions.
  • Coping strategies for neurotic behavior encompass therapies like CBT, medication, exposure therapy, and mindfulness.
  • Seeking professional help is crucial for managing neurotic behavior, offering personalized strategies for emotional well-being.

Although it’s less commonly used in contemporary mental health settings than in the 20th century, the concept of neurotic behavior is still relevant, especially in relation to anxiety-related traits. While neurotic behaviors may seem intuitive at first thought, recognizing the nuances of neurotic behavior is crucial for effectively addressing its causes.

Learn more below about how to recognize neurotic behavior and which mental health services and techniques can support individuals on their journey toward emotional well-being.

What Is Neurotic Behavior?

Historically, the term “neurotic” has evolved from its origins to describe intense, irrational behaviors to its current usage, primarily associated with symptoms of anxiety. Neuroticism extends beyond its diagnostic implications and encompasses a broader spectrum of emotional experiences and personality traits.

As a personality trait, neurotic behavior (or simply the adjective “neurotic”) is part of the “Big 5” personality traits of OCEAN:

  • Openness
  • Conscientiousness
  • Extroversion
  • Agreeableness
  • Neuroticism

Neuroticism refers to how quickly and intensely a person reacts to things in a negative manner such as by awefulizing a situation, engaging in hobbies that do not consistently benefit them such as substances, and possibly overindulging in food or other unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Common Signs and Symptoms 

Symptoms of neuroticism may include:

  • Mood swings
  • Feelings of shame
  • Persistent worries or anxieties
  • Difficulty regulating emotions

Individuals experiencing neurotic behavior may find themselves overwhelmed by negative emotions and struggling to regulate their responses to various situations. The origins of neurotic behavior can often be traced back to early life experiences, learned behaviors, and environmental factors.

Coping Strategies for Neurotic Behavior 

Our therapists work collaboratively with clients to identify personalized coping strategies that align with their goals and values. Psychiatric and therapeutic treatments for neurotic behavior include:

At Thriveworks, we emphasize the importance of holistic approaches to mental health that address both the psychological and physiological aspects of neurotic behavior.

Seeking Professional Help

Navigating neurotic behavior can be challenging on your own. That’s why Thriveworks understands that seeking professional help is a courageous first step toward healing and growth.

Our compassionate therapists provide a safe and supportive environment where individuals can explore their concerns and develop personalized strategies for managing neurotic behavior with the help of an experienced mental health professional. 

If you’re struggling with neurotic behavior, we’re here to help you take the next steps toward emotional well-being. Contact us today to get started.