- hysterical hallucination
- The term hysterical hallucination is indebted to the term hysteria, which is in turn indebted to the Greek noun hustera (uterus). The term hysteria reflects the ancient conviction that some types of mental illness in women are causally related to a disease of the uterus, in some versions a 'wandering uterus'. The term hysterical hallucination is used to denote a hallucination occurring in the context of hysteria. It has been suggested that these hallucinations tend to occur during episodes of clouded or narrowed consciousness (i.e. during " twilight states), that they have a sudden and dramatic onset, and that they are often precipitated by a profoundly upsetting situation or event. The term hysterical hallucination is often used as more or less synonymous with " dissociative hallucination.ReferencesFreud, S. (1893-1896). Studien über Hysterie. In: Freud, S. (1952). Gesammelte werke. Erster Band. Werke aus den jahren 1892-1899. Frankfurt am Main: S. Fischer Verlag. Hollender, M.H., Hirsch, S.J. (1964). Hysterical psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 120, 1066-1074.
Dictionary of Hallucinations. J.D. Blom. 2010.
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