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.