former diagnostic category

Hysteria colloquially means ungovernable emotional excess and can refer to a temporary state of mind or emotion; however, beginning in 1900 B.C., hysteria was considered a diagnosable physical illness in females and then in the 1500s shifted to a mental illness. Many influential psychiatrists such as Sigmund Freud and Jean-Martin Charcot dedicated research to hysteria patients. Currently, most doctors practicing Western medicine do not accept hysteria as a medical diagnosis. The blanket diagnosis of hysteria has been fragmented into myriad medical categories such as epilepsy, histrionic personality disorder, conversion disorders, dissociative disorders, or other medical conditions. Furthermore, social deviances, such as deciding not to wed, are no longer considered psychological disorders.
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Studies on Hysteria

book by Sigmund Freud

author: Sigmund Freud, Josef Breuer


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