Psychological Medicine

Research Article

The diagnosis of ‘hysteria’

John L. Reeda1

a1 Department of Psychological Medicine, St. Bartholomew's Hospital, London


A study of 120 inpatients diagnosed as suffering from hysteria is presented and the validity of the diagnosis questioned. Clinical study showed that 13% showed only hysterical symptoms, 33% showed hysterical symptoms occurring with affective symptoms, 28% showed affective symptomatology only, and the remainder were either of other or uncertain diagnostic grouping. It is concluded that the 13% are suffering from a condition that can only be diagnosed as hysteria.