Hysteria, A Simple Guide To The Condition, Diagnosis, Treatment And Related ConditionseBook - 2015
Hysteria"I suppose I have found it easier to identify with the characters who verge upon hysteria, who were frightened of life, who were desperate to reach out to another person. But these seemingly fragile people are the strong people really."? Tennessee Williams What is Hysteria? Hysteria or Conversion disorder is a group of mental disorder characterized by physical symptoms such as paralysis or other nervous system symptoms suggesting medical disorder but where no organic finding is found or known physiological mechanism. Hysteria or Conversion disorder is a mental condition in which a person has symptoms that cannot be explained by positive medical evaluation. There is evidence of symptoms linked with psychological factors or conflicts. Initially some doctors believed that these patient were malingering but towards the end of the 19th century Sigmund Freud believed that the condition is a true psychiatric disease. It was then known as Hysteria. The term conversion was used by Freud to indicate that the patient's symptoms of anxiety has been converted to physical manifestations. Although most doctors believed that hysteria is seldom seen in the present time, it would appear that there are still many cases of hysteria or conversion disorders even now. There are particularly high rates of childhood sexual abuse found in the histories of patients who have diagnosed as having conversion disorder. What are the causes of Hysteria? Causes:Hysteria or Conversion disorder patients have symptoms which may result from a psychological conflict. Symptoms usually happen suddenly after some stressful experience such as a death of a loved one. The risk of hysteria or conversion disorder may occur if they also have:a. A medical illness,b. A dissociative disorder where there is escape from realityc. A personality disorder where there is inability to manage feelings and behaviors that are expected in certain social situations. Persons who have hysteria or conversion disorder are not making up their symptoms (malingering).Some doctors do not believe that this disorder is not a real condition and may tell patients the problem is all in their mind. But this disorder is a real condition. It causes a lot of emotional distress in the patient and cannot be switched on and off at will. The physical findings are thought to be a way by the patient to resolve the emotional conflict that the patient feels inside his body or mind. A woman who do not believe in being violent may instead feel numbness in her arms after feeling so much anger that she wished to hit somebody who is the source of her anger. She expresses her anger in the symptom of numbness in her arms instead of allowing herself to think of hitting someone. What are the symptoms of Hysteria? Symptoms:The symptoms of Hysteria or conversion disorder is usually dramatic, vague or exaggerated The patient may give a complicated history with many diagnoses. Symptoms of a conversion disorder include the loss of one or more bodily functions, such as:1. Pseudoneurogical symptoms such as paralysis or blindness2. Inability to speak3. Numbness of hands or feet4. Gastrointestinal - abdominal pain5. Reproductive - painful menses6. Psychosocial - impotence, sexual indifference7. Pain such as back pain or headache8. Giddiness or dizziness9. Palpitations How is the diagnosis of Hysteria made? Diagnosis:Diagnostic investigations do not find any physical source for the symptoms. The doctor will do as usual a physical examination and may order diagnostic tests. These are to exclude physical causes for the symptom. Common signs of hysteria or conversion disorder include:1. A debilitating symptom that begins suddenly2. History of a psychological problem that gets better after the symptom appears3. Lack of concern that usually occurs with a severe symptom.--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Kenneth Kee, 2015.
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