Hysteria



[hi-ster-ee-uh, -steer-] /hɪˈstɛr i ə, -ˈstɪər-/

noun
1.
an uncontrollable outburst of emotion or fear, often characterized by irrationality, laughter, weeping, etc.
2.
Psychoanalysis. a psychoneurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks, disturbances of sensory and motor functions, and various abnormal effects due to autosuggestion.
3.
Psychiatry. .
/hɪˈstɪərɪə/
noun
1.
a mental disorder characterized by emotional outbursts, susceptibility to autosuggestion, and, often, symptoms such as paralysis that mimic the effects of physical disorders See also conversion disorder
2.
any frenzied emotional state, esp of laughter or crying
n.

1801, coined in medical Latin as an abstract noun from hysteric (see hysterical).

hysteria hys·ter·i·a (hĭ-stěr’ē-ə, -stēr’-)
n.

hys·ter’ic (hĭ-stěr’ĭk) or hys·ter’i·cal (hĭ-stěr’ĭ-kəl) adj.

A complex neurosis in which psychological conflict is turned into physical symptoms, such as amnesia, blindness, and paralysis, that have no underlying physical cause. Early in his career, Sigmund Freud worked on hysteria.

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