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[hyster(ic) + -ia]
An obsolete, now pejorative term used in popular speech to mean a conversion reaction or a widely fluctuating expression of emotions.
Currently accepted nomenclature for mental disorders does not include the term hysteria; it is included here for historical reasons.
SEE: mass psychogenic illness; SEE: somatization disorder
Symptoms include emotional instability, sensory disturbances, loss of motor function, or other disorders.
It may be related to emotional or physical stress.
Rest and reassurance are cornerstones of management.