Symptoms of hysteria among school-going adolescents in Malaysia

A conceptual study from the perspective of Islamic psychology

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Hysteria is regarded as a symptom of emotional disturbance and a mental disorder that is common among adolescents. It is a social problem which occurs among school-going teenagers worldwide regardless of culture, religion and social backgrounds. From the Islamic perspective, this phenomenon of hysteria has negative psychological, physical and spiritual consequences for the adolescents. Thus, hysteria needs to be studied in order to prevent it from occurring. The symptoms of hysteria have to be fist accurately identifid so that appropriate and accurate preventive steps may be proposed. The purpose of this study is to identify symptoms of hysteria among adolescents from the prespective of Islamic psychology. The research methodology used in this study is content analysis. The fidings reveal that symptoms of hysteria may be categorised into three aspects, namely psychological, clinical (psychiatric) and possesion of evil sprits from the Islamic therapy perspective. Psychologically, hysteria is said to occur when a student experiences mood and emotional disturbances such as depression, anxiety, stress, irritability, oversensitivity to environment and other symptoms such as problems with self-adaptation and coping among others. In terms of psychiatric or clinical symptoms, there are two types of hysteria symptoms, namely dissociative hysteria and conversion disorder. In Islamic therapy, hysteria indicates a state of being possessed by evil spirits with symptoms such as screaming, aggression and behaviours that are out of control, weeping and unconsciousness. All the above symptoms generally lead to hysteria among teenagers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-871
Number of pages17
JournalPertanika Journal of Social Science and Humanities
Volume24
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2016

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Keywords

  • Adolescent
  • Hysterical symptoms
  • Islamic therapy
  • Psychiatric
  • Psychological

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