Neurotic disorders are a collection of psychiatric disorderswithout psychotic symptoms and lacking the intense
psychopathology of, say, hypomania or major depression.
Having said this, neurotic disorders are a major source ofsuffering to individuals, their families and to society. The costof treating alll neurotic disorders would be substantial, but thecost of non-treatment to society (in terms of lost productionand lost efficiency) is probably greater. According to Croft-Jeffreys & Wilkinson (1989) the estimated cost to the UK of
neurotic illness in 1985 was œ 373,000,000. A decade later the
sum must exceed half a billion pounds a year. After all, over athird of sickness certificates are for psychiatric illness, much ofthis being neurotic, (Jenkins, 1985). The persistent nature ofanxiety disorder over time ,with its childhood antecedents andoften recurrent prognosis, means that it may dominatesufferer's lives, (Angst & Vollrath, 1991). Only chronic heartdisease produces more disability.