- Polymorphic disease with symptoms manifesting functional somatic, neurological and psychiatric disorders. These various disorders arise due to heightened suggestibility and samovnushaemostyu patient. Therefore hysteria symptoms may resemble symptoms very different diseases, for which it and was called "the great imitator". Hysterical neurosis is more common in people with hysterical character (see. Psychopathy).
Because the disease the most striking symptoms are hysterical seizures, which are now quite rare. seizure occurs usually in the presence of spectators and at a location where the patient can not themselves cause damage. Consciousness is not turned off, as it were shrinking. The patient does not fall anywhere, and selects the pre-location to avoid hitting (before the fall, "to spread straw"). Spasmodic symptoms are not constant and varied. Movement sweeping and chaotic. It so happens that the patient's body (more common in women) is curved in an arc. If the patient is lying in bed, the legs and arms are stretched, fingers cramp ( "hand obstetrician"). Seizures can be no seizures in the form of various crises (hypertension, heart), asthma attacks, shivering in the body ( "vibrating conveyor"), long weeping. Quite often there are symptoms such as paralysis of arms and legs, numbness of the type "gloves" "socks", gait disturbance. Several less frequently hysterical blindness, deafness, muteness. The patient is silent when he asked questions, but the answers to them in writing, as opposed to the deaf. Patients hysteria usually demonstrative in the manifestations of his illness. They always stress the exceptional severity of the disease, they talk about "appalling" suffering unbearable pain, unique and unusual symptoms. However, they are not burdened by their "difficult" condition is not trying to get rid of it. On the contrary, for the disease is the "desired", a kind of defensive reaction to the prevailing conflict situation (for example, "I'm seriously sick, so I can not be fired from work"). Under unfavorable prevailing for sick of circumstances observed increasing incidence of the disease. The behavior of the patients becomes demonstrative character more and more selfish, all interests focus only on themselves and their illness. Hysterical disorders can be short or long, sometimes taking in waves with frequent exacerbations. It all depends on how patients can achieve with the help of his illness, what they want. However, it turns out the opposite is true in life. Patients not only realize their interests, bring much damage yourself. It destroys the family, we have to leave work, all life becomes a continuous disease.