Hysteria as a medical condition dates back to at least two thousand years of European history when it was thought to refer to a medical condition of young women between the ages of fourteen and twenty five. Though the disease appears in both sexes, even today, it is far common with females. The main reason is because in young women, their bodies undergo rapid changes in order to reach a child bearing maturity. There are several hormones that are produced and could lead to hormonal imbalance. These are what bring about instances of hysteria.
Hysteria has come to be known as a condition of unmanageable excess emotions in its colloquial use. People who are often hysterical have a disastrous past that involved either conflict, mistreatment or frustration with ones body or body part. A quick reflection induces overwhelming fear that induces instability. This disease is commonly complained about and is related to hypochondriasis and body dysmorphic disorder.
Modern medical professionals have given up the use of the term hysteria. This condition has been replaced with more precisely defined conditions in its diagnostic category. An example is a patient could be diagnosed with somatization disorder as opposed to being said to be hysterical in general. Indeed, the American Psychiatric Association has officially changed hysterical neurosis from a conversion type to a conversion disorder. The current American psychiatric terminologies have also been changed to distinguish between two categories of disorder that were previously labeled as hysteria. This is the somatoform and dissociative. Dissociative disorders include depersonalization disorder, dissociative identity disorder, dissociative fugue, dissociative amnesia, and other unknown dissociative disorders. On the other hand, somatoform disorders include hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, pain disorder, somatization disorder and conversion disorder.
Many people panic when they come into contact with a patient suffering from hysteria. A person who is around should be calm so as to avoid further worsening the situation. You should try to identify the stimulant causing the hysterical condition before making an attempt to assist the patient in overcoming his or her emotional imbalance.
Causes of Hysteria
There are several known causes of hysteria.
- Hormonal imbalance in young females. Aforementioned, when females are in puberty, the hormonal changes could lead to an emotional balance of the person which can translate into hysterical condition.
- Perverted habits of thought stemming from idleness
- Sexual repressions.
- Heredity can also play an important role in the causation of hysteria. The other categories of people that are prone to hysterical attack are those who had a shaky upbringing or unstable background. These nervous background and irresponsible families would mean that the person has an unstable emotional training that predisposes them to frustrations in stressful situations. These emotional situation include prolonged sickness, traumatism, masturbation, depression, fear, worry, stress, when one is under straining work environment and even unstable mental condition.
- Improper mechanisms of relieving stress today also play an important part in exacerbating hysterical conditions. Most people opt to drink, indulge in irresponsible moral behavior that predisposes them to even more stressful hysterical conditions. People usually carry the stress of work to home and making life unbearable for everyone in the household. The ability of a patient to deal with stress is an important step towards curbing hysteria and other symptoms that are caused by anxiety. The fact that a majority of hysteria conditions are brought about by anxiety, people prone to hysteria should avoid situations that are likely to result to high amounts of stress.
- Sometimes it is not that easy to diagnose the cause of hysteria. By just looking at a patient undergoing a hysterical moment. Definite medical testing may need to be carried out before pronouncing a diagnosis.
Symptoms of Hysteria
There are several symptoms associated with hysteria though they cannot manifest themselves at the same time.
- Wild behavior accompanied by painful crying and loss of consciousness. The patient may completely lose consciousness. The neck may become swollen; heartbeats may become tumultuous with involuntary contraction of the locomotor muscle. This wild behavior is evidenced in generalized frightening convulsions and super violent movements. Sometimes the patient feels as though they were crying out loud in despair yet they were unable to do so. This causes further anxiety and fear that does not help in any way.
- An uncharacteristically heaviness in limbs followed by cramps. This is accompanied by abdominal constriction, voluntary tensing of muscles of locomotion, clenching of teeth, headaches, suffocation, swelling of jugular vein that is seen around the neck and an inexplicable desire to perform violent activities that seem to let off steam.
- Emotional instability followed by general body weakness. The victim’s behavior suggests a craving for sympathy, acceptance and love. This kind of tendency towards instability is indicative of a weakness of the will. The weakness of will and decision making capability means that hysteria can last for a longer period like for days or even weeks. In a trance, the patient may appear to be relaxed yet in reality, the muscles are tensed.
- Emotional instability often leads to more and more depression making it even harder for the patient to recover from the condition. This is due to the fact that depression produces imbalanced thoughts that lead to drastic actions in a bid to solve perceived problems. Sadly, these steps just lead to more problems that cannot be corrected.
- Continual sighing
- Physical instability that has a psychological basis
- Difficulty in breathing
- Blindness can also sometimes result. This is usually as a result of excessive strain or hormonal imbalance
- Paralysis and more commonly limb paralysis.
- Loss of speech
Hysteria Home Remedies
Most of the remedies for hysteria are home based. The following could be used as treatment of hysteria. Remember, you should always consult with your physician in order to get a proper diagnosis and before trying to incorporate these home remedies and herbal remedies yourself! Here are some of the home remedies for Hysteria that you can try.
- Honey- This is a natural effective remedy for hysterical conditions. The patients should take one teaspoon of honey daily. Honey has been known since prehistoric times to be able to remedy several human body maladies. In the case of hysterical condition, honey will break down trigycerides that are known to cause constrictions of the heart valves and consequently it will minimize future instances of high blood pressure.
- Jambul- Obtained from a black berry fruit. A handful quantity of this fruit, like 2 to 3 kilograms should be placed in a container full of water and a little salt is added. Place the container under the sun for 5 to 7 days. The patient should them consume a quarter kilogram of this fruit on an empty stomach and drink water from the container where this fruit was placed. For effective treatment, this treatment should be continued for a minimum period of two weeks.
- Use of bottle gourd- This is an external application of the bottle gourd vegetable. A fresh pulp obtained from this vegetable, preferably macerated, is applied over the patient’s head in the treatment of this disease. The bottle gourd vegetable is known as a traditional cooling and soothing traditional drug.
- Lettuce and Indian gooseberry- If you have these two ingredients around the home, then hysteria can be easily treated. The first step will be to prepare fresh juice using lettuce leaves and a teaspoon of Indian gooseberry. To relieve symptoms of hysteria, drink this juice first thing every morning. For long lasting results, take this juice daily for about one month.
- Asafetida- If you are looking for one of the most potent home cures for hysteria, Asafetida is what you ought to be searching for. If you doubt its efficacy then you might want to know that smelling the herb alone will tone down most of the symptoms associated with hysteria.
- Fruit diet- If you do not have a month to wait then how about taking a purely fruit diet for three consecutive days? A mixture of pineapples, apples, jambul and grapes produces very impressive results on people suffering from hysteria. After the three days, continue to eat the fruits at least three times every day.
- Rauwolfia- One of the most effective herbs in the treatment of hysteria is known as rauwolfia. Every morning and evening, take a cup of milk mixed with 1 g of powdered rauwolfia roots. Continue with this treatment until the symptoms of hysteria fade. This might not be the easiest herbs to find but one of the few that are worth being searched for.
- Avoid brain stimulants like coffee- When treating hysteria at home, try and avoid coffee, tea, sugar, white flour, tobacco and any other brain stimulant
Diet for Hysteria
Dietary measures can be lauded as one of the most effective approaches to the treatment of hysteria. The combination of dietary tips that a patient would require include the following:
- An all fruit diet. Resorting to an all fruit diet will definitely rid the body of several harmful toxins that are released due to the hysterical condition. Fruits usually have crucial vitamins and acids that will cleanse the body system. in addition, the essential nutrients that are obtained from fruits go along way in maintaining a proper health condition emphasis should be laid on the following fruits; grape fruits, oranges, pineapples, papayas, grapes and apples.
- After an all fruit diet, an all m9ilk diet for at least four weeks will strengthen the body immune system of the victim. Milk is one food that is known to contain almost all the nutrients required for the proper functioning of the human system. Specifically, milk nourishes the nervous system of the body leading to less instability.
- After the all milk diet, one may slowly be introduced to solid meals, like vegetables, grains and nuts.
Prevention of Hysteria
Prevention is better than cure as it is often said. The possible ways of preventing hysteria include:
- Eating a well balanced diet focusing on fruits and vegetables.
- Regular exercise will also help a lot as the nervous system of the body will be kept coordinated and functional.
- The patient should be taught to learn to be calm at all times. Those who are around the victim should learn to be calm and engaging in activities that serve to aggravate the situation.
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