Mass hysteria: two syndromes?

@article{Wessely1987MassHT,
  title={Mass hysteria: two syndromes?},
  author={S. Wessely},
  journal={Psychological medicine},
  year={1987},
  volume={17 1},
  pages={
          109-20
        }
}
  • S. Wessely
  • Published 1987
  • Medicine
  • Psychological medicine
On the basis of a literature review it is concluded that mass hysteria can be divided into two syndromes. One form, to be called 'mass anxiety hysteria', consists of episodes of acute anxiety, occurring mainly in schoolchildren. Prior tension is absent and the rapid spread is by visual contact. Treatment consists of separating the participants and the prognosis is good. The second form, to be called 'mass motor hysteria', consists of abnormalities in motor behaviour. It occurs in any age group… Expand
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