Would you use the same expression to describe male writers who suffer from neuroses or mental illnesses?
He would always say that a good relationship is just a pairing of neuroses.
From a novel of Brooklyn neuroses to what happens when evangelicals take over an Alaskan national park.
1776, "functional derangement arising from disorders of the nervous system," coined by Scottish physician William Cullen (1710-1790) from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + Modern Latin -osis "abnormal condition." Used in a general psychological sense since 1871; clinical use in psychiatry dates from 1923.
neurosis neu·ro·sis (nu-rō'sĭs, nyu-)
n. pl. neu·ro·ses (-sēz)
Any of various mental or emotional disorders involving symptoms such as insecurity, anxiety, depression, and irrational fears.
Tension or irritability of the nervous system; nervousness.