History Analysis / HystericalWoman

29th Jan '18 2:12:24 AM Smeagol17
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By the 19th century the meaning of the word "hysteria" changed, becoming a catch-all for any psychiatric problem a woman could have; listed symptoms covered 50 pages of a Victorian psychology text and included such disparate entries as fainting, nervousness, fluid retention, "a general tendency to cause trouble" and much more. Most Victorian psychiatrists attributed hysteria to a deprivation of sex, and the treatment prescribed is, literally, a masturbation session--or as the Victorians would say--"pelvic massage until the patient as reached a state of Hysterical paroxysm"(which, at the end of the day, inspired the invention of the vibrator. And the prevailing view of it being a strictly medical devices was so strong that vibrators were able to be marketed front and center as a home appliance on the '''Sears catalogue''' right into the 1920s).

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By the 19th century the meaning of the word "hysteria" changed, becoming a catch-all for any psychiatric problem a woman could have; listed symptoms covered 50 pages of a Victorian psychology text and included such disparate entries as fainting, nervousness, fluid retention, "a general tendency to cause trouble" and much more. Most Victorian psychiatrists attributed hysteria to a deprivation of sex, and the treatment prescribed is, literally, a masturbation session--or as the Victorians would say--"pelvic massage until the patient as reached a state of Hysterical paroxysm"(which, at the end of the day, inspired the invention of the vibrator. And the prevailing view of it being a strictly medical devices device was so strong that vibrators were able to be marketed front and center as a home appliance on the '''Sears catalogue''' right into the 1920s).
29th Jan '18 2:11:02 AM Smeagol17
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In the early 20th century, though, the meaning expanded, as doctors influenced by a misunderstanding of Freud began to see all women's health problems as psychological, "not real", "all in her head", and used the word "hysteria" to describe this belief: even women suffering from cancer or angina found themselves being diagnosed with hysteria. One hospital study done in 1983 - yes, less than thirty years ago - found that 10% of the women referred to the local psychiatric outpatient clinic were actually suffering from heart disease.

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In the early 20th century, though, the meaning expanded, as doctors influenced by a misunderstanding of Freud began to see all women's health problems as psychological, "not real", "all in her head", and used the word "hysteria" to describe this belief: even women suffering from cancer or angina found themselves being diagnosed with hysteria. One hospital study done in 1983 - yes, less than thirty forty years ago - found that 10% of the women referred to the local psychiatric outpatient clinic were actually suffering from heart disease.
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