• Hysteria is not a homogeneous illness. Some patients with symptoms of apparent neurological dysfunction develop a disability because they cannot cope with life's demands. This article calls attention to several hysterical patients who share similar histories. Treatment by a nonpsychiatric physician in these three cases consisted of simple emotional support and easing of responsibilities, ie, saying no for the patient. Recognition of the psychological state of some patients with hysterical symptoms, and administration of treatment that eases environmental stresses, can be effective.
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