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Revista de la Asociación Española de Neuropsiquiatría

On-line version ISSN 2340-2733Print version ISSN 0211-5735


PIZARRO OBAID, Francisco. The inscription of the anguish in the psychopathological field: etymological references, philosophic considerations and precursors categories. Rev. Asoc. Esp. Neuropsiq. [online]. 2011, vol.31, n.2, pp.229-241. ISSN 2340-2733.

In difference to some fundamental categories that run over the history of psychopathology, the incorporation of the anguish to the nosographic frame of the psychiatry will occur in a tardy manner, in spite of its clinic relevance, starting its redefinition, during the second half of the XIX century. The present work will identify problems related to the semantic and etymological field of the anguish, to examine later on, the theses supported by Kierkegaard regarding the object and the temporality involved in this experience. It will be postulated that these philosophical references will be the keys to the redefinition and the inscription of the problem in the psychopathological field, being able to prove its influence in the emotional delirium, agoraphobia and fear to the spaces categories and the distinction between fear and anguish, as formulated by Karl Jaspers.

Keywords : anguish; anxiety; Kierkegaard; psychopathology.

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