What’s All the Hysteria About? A Modern Perspective on Functional Neurological Disorders

      Almost 4000 years ago, the Egyptians attributed unexplained physical symptoms in women to abnormal movements of the uterus. This idea remained fixed in medical practice for millennia, with Hippocrates ultimately coining the term “hysteria” (from the Greek word for uterus) to describe such cases. The term remains in common use today: colloquially, it refers to any sort of madness or inexplicable behavior; clinically, it most commonly refers to unexplained neurologic symptoms. These symptoms—ranging the gamut from seizure-like episodes to paralysis—are both common and vexing for clinicians. But until recently, researchers have made relatively little progress toward understanding what causes these syndromes (spoiler alert: it is not a wandering uterus).
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          Erratum to: “What’s All the Hysteria About? A Modern Perspective on Functional Neurological Disorders,” by Madva, Ross, and Cooper (Biol Psychiatry 2019; 85:e3--e4); 10.1016/j.biopsych.2018.11.003 .
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