What is Hysteria?

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What exactly is Hysteria? How does it develop? Are there any underlying symptoms? What may result of someone who has Hysteria? Are there any possible treatment plans to deal with this disorder?

Hysteria, also known as Histrionic Personality Disorder, is actually quite common today. Hysteria is typically present in those that display overly dramatic and exaggerated behavior due to triggers that are known to not typically cause much of a reaction. 


The exact cause of Hysteria has yet to be pinpointed despite the large number of studies that have been conducted. One study in particular, conducted by a man named Ljungberg, may have discovered the first major theory to how Hysteria develops. Although, unsure of the exact reasons why, his answer was genetics! His study didn't even have much to back its conclusion up but numerous studies following his found the same results. The second major idea for the cause of Hysteria is one's influence from the environment. The argument of how Hysteria develops how's now turned into a nature nurture issue. Personally, after reading through the studies, I believe it is influenced by both but only time and more investigating will tell.


For those that may have contracted the disease genetically, there are many risks that come with the disorder if not treated promptly and correctly. Those with hysteria are likely to have problems with interpersonal relationships, depression, alcoholism and/or drug dependency. It is important that if yourself or someone you know gets help immediately if experiencing the intense symptoms of Hysteria. The longer you wait the worst it can get. 

Most forms of help for Hysteria come in the form of prescribed medications and talk therapy. With the combination of these two if is very likely that one can overcome Hysteria Disorder.


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Hi Morgan, I think both psychological and personality disorders, like hysteria, can be traced to genetic factors. It is proven, as you stated, by many studies about disorders across the board. When it comes to the nature vs. nurture debate, this topic in particular makes me wonder if hysteria develops throughout life due to some tragic event or an insecure attachment as a child, or if there were some patients or people studied who were born with it. Maybe it is a mix of both to support the case Ljunberg made when conducting his research. I learned about secure vs insecure attachments in Psych 100, but you can read about them and their impact here (http://www.fcs.uga.edu/ext/bbb/attachSecure.php). There may be some connection for you!

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