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What Has Happened to Hysteria?

Cramer, Phebe, PhD

The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: September 25, 2018 - Volume Publish Ahead of Print - Issue - p
doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000850
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This article traces the history of the diagnosis of hysteria from the earliest medical formulations in the 17th century to the present, including the presence of this diagnosis in the five iterations of the Diagnostic Statistical Manual (DSM) of the American Psychiatric Association. Several different types of hysteria are discussed, with alternative causal explanations. Research focusing on this disorder is summarized.

Department of Psychology, Williams College, Williamstown, Massachusetts.

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This article will help clinicians differentiate among different types of hysteria.

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