A study of hysteria among youth in a secondary school in Malaysia

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Hysteria is regarded as a symptom of emotional disturbance and mental disorder that is common among adolescent girls. It often occurs in schools during classes. Hysteria often begins with one student and subsequently spreads to other students, as many as 20-50 at one time. Its bizarre symptoms include sudden shouting, struggling, crying for no reason, talking unintelligibly and body paralysis. Previous research on hysteria by psychologists, psychiatrists and physicians from an alternative Islamic approach has identified many factors that cause hysteria. Hysteria may be related to cultural factors or to individual values and beliefs. Psychologists believe that the main factor in hysteria is emotional stress experienced by the patient. The hysterical reaction is one way for these patients to release emotional stress. Teenagers who suffer from uncontrolled stress may express themselves through hysteria. Psychiatrists suggest that hysteria may occur as a result of extreme emotional stress arising from long, unresolved and unexpressed emotional conflicts. In 2008 and 2009, hysteria occurred frequently among adolescent students in Malaysia and involved students in both boarding schools and day schools. This is an alarming situation for schools and parents because this phenomenon has an effect on the learning process and a psychological impact on students. Therefore, this study examined the phenomenon of hysteria to identify its factors, symptoms and treatment. The respondents included 41 girls who experienced hysteria at one school in Selangor, Malaysia. This study was conducted with questionnaires and interviews. Hysteria can be caused by psychological factors, psychiatric disorders and the cultural and religious factors. Common symptoms of hysteria include difficulty sleeping, aches and pains, extreme anxiety, hallucinations and nightmares. Hysteria can have a psychological effect on adolescents who experience it. Therefore, ways of managing hysteria must be identified, especially from a psychological perspective.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-571
Number of pages7
JournalAdvances in Natural and Applied Sciences
Volume6
Issue number4 SPL.ISS. 3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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Keywords

  • Hysteria
  • Malaysia
  • Psychiatrist
  • Secondary school
  • Youth

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