From the Greek word for 'womb', because it was originally thought that the emotional disturbances it described were exclusively female and caused by disorders of the womb. There is no general agreement on the symptoms of hysteria, though most authorities seem to regard DISSOCIATION as one defining characteristic. There are several recognised forms of hysteria. The most striking being CONVERSION HYSTERIA. PSYCHOANALYSIS regards all hysteria as NEUROSIS, the product of UNCONSCIOUS conflict.
See BATTLE FATIGUE for a male form of hysteria.