The Strange (But True) History of Hysteria

Published on May 10, 2018
Doctors once believed that the uterus would just start wandering around your body, leading to "hysteria." Spoiler Alert: That's not a thing! Isn't it great to be alive... now?
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Comments

  • Wandering uterus has made my day lol

  • It’s crazy that we’re going to look back at our current medical diagnoses and treatments in a couple hundred years and be shaking our heads just the same!

  • Bring back the goatee

  • Hysteria was in the DSM until 1980?? Yikes.

  • No wonder women's reproductve health still isn't well researched, look at how far behind we were only less than 100 years ago

    • On top of that, women are too often not taken seriously by their doctors, making it even more difficult for us to make progress

  • the hell...?

  • The same Greek base is why we call removing the uterus hysterectomy

  • Decades ago, I took a course in abnormal psychology, and the psychology professor lectured about this in a part of a presentation she gave on prevailing zeitgeists of the past. She also told us they would use smoldering dung to keep a woman’s uterus from wandering.

  • Guess it will take another century or two for "uterectomy" to replace "hysterectomy" as a household word! 😉

  • There should be a follow up to this about how it has historically led doctors to repeatedly dismiss many female patients complaints as "emotional" or "hormonal" when they were having actual medical problems. "But don't take my word for it..." There's extensive case studies on this.

  • Is it bad that this will be the high point of my day? Probably...

  • You should all watch the movie Hysteria from 2011.

  • It really just seems like they had no explanation for periods...

  • Women are crazy... Cuz they're women!

  • 'Your uterus is wandering around inside your body, you should get married and have babies about it' - a definitely qualified doctor.

  • I dare you to google "the first vibrator"!

  • welp, glad that nightmare's over. Now for society to catch up on the fact that men can have neurological disorders as well. ...yeah, I may have a slight angle here...

  • Omgroflmao.... Historical Ignorance

  • Freud!!

  • Despite being removed from the DSM in 1980 Hysteria made a huge comeback in 1987 thanks to such hits as Pour Some Sugar on Me, Love Bites, and Armageddon It.

  • It's true... a woman's uterus got up and walked around right out of her body. It became Ann Coulter.

  • Considering how I saw a comment on it, do you guys think you could do a video on Endometriosis? As a long time viewer of your videos, you all made it so someone whose illness makes doing anything a dream can still learn & fall back in love with knowledge. Thank you. People that have the chronic illness don't have many allies because its either ignored, brushed aside 'cos it doesn't exist, and to have you all look into it will allow more people to be aware of this debilitating illness. ((Everyone is having a good laugh over the Wandering Uterus, but... Endo is basically that, but its the lining of the uterus that throughout the body.))

  • I think there was also a (un)healthy dose of "Doctor, my wife's not acting right. She's not giving me sex whenever I want and she's expressing independent thoughts."

  • Having sex regularly actually helps reducing depression and anxiety so they were kind of right about the solution

  • I honestly can't tell if that cartoon-uterus-with-a-face is cute or scary.

  • Scientists have a long history of accepting absurd theories as true because they fail to test them with basic logic. Whenever someone tells you most scientists think climate change is human caused just remember there was a time when they thought the uterus had a mind if it's own.

  • C’mon, doesn’t anyone want to tell people that they’re emotional because their uterus wandered to their elbow?

  • a long history of men not knowin what to do with uteruses n surrounding area. n what happened to whyyyyyy vibes were created. cuz docs got tired of diddlin women out of their "hysteria".......likely story doc. but funny how vibes are a multi million dollar industry for countless gals who still dont have a man or one who can finish the job. siiiiiiiigh, a womans work is never done. ;}

  • I am a guy, Uterus Hysteria seems somewhat sexist. Where are the Women doctors to counter argue this belief.... Oh yeah in the kitchen Xray much to comfirm/disprove this quack belief.

  • Why didn't you have Dr. Doe guest host this one? She would have been perfect and it would have sent more viewers her way. Her channel is the most important channel on US-tv!

  • Uterus wandering around the body does kind of sound like an incredibly basic, misunderstood description of endometriosis though, which is a very common condition that needs more awareness.

  • Pre-20th century medicine is just terrifying

  • Oh dear husband, it pains me to say this... But my uterus ran off again. Could you help me find and catch it?

  • *Nasty Nas is your area 'bout to cause MASS HYSTERIA!*

  • Wow a lot of stuff from that show another period is making sense lol

  • {\_/} (x_x) Bunny lived a good life.. /v v\

  • For pleasure or for belief? I mean they did make a vibrator so maybe they probably thought it was a cure.

  • but I actually do experience hysteria during my menstrual tho...😂😂😂

  • Yea the Sawbones podcast covered this much better like two years ago.

  • We thought they were wrong, but now...

  • Hmm, actually diagnosing it as "not enough sex" still sounds like a good idea. How do I get my gf's doctor read this?

  • what the hell is hysteria?

  • they use IBS now then can't find anything

  • Rarely are real solutions/answers found for anything [with any pressing importance] where someone financially and/or physically benefits from the current state of ignorance. "Yes mam, you have hysteria! Would you prefer to buy my expensive tonic or be cured by my firm medical shaft of discretion?"

  • Ha! Lady parts😉

  • Fear the almighty UTERUS !!!

  • If I had a hole in my body that bled profusely every month I’d be crazy too.

  • This is not what I read in the ancient medical records. Where on earth did he get This? Smelling salts were only used to revive or prevent swooning from malnutrition.

  • 1:43 Reel it in with a coat hanger

  • I want the next Mars Rover to be called "Wandering Uterus."

  • Not a single Muse joke was made. Disliked

  • So back then doctors didn’t admit when they don’t know what is wrong and blamed it on general misunderstood diseases?! Jeez, glad that doctors are sooooo much different nowawadays..

  • Well, i might have to disagree on the progress we supposed to have made. Please watch Jennifer Brea us-tv.org/tv/video-Fb3yp4uJhq0.html

  • MS used to be considered hysteria, many me/cfs patients are wrongly diagnosed with conversion disorder.

  • Well, women are more emotional than men, but the "wandering uterus" is a bit odd.

  • Some still believe it’s the fault of the uterus if you have “emotional problems” (my parents for example). I just got a hysterectomy and my dad said: “maybe you’ll be relieved of some of your emotional issues now...” 😂😂😂 my whole life they had me believing that my depression or moodiness was because of my periods! 😂😂😂. Yea, the notion still exists...

  • How disturbing, woman were forced to have sex

  • And Number one selling "Consumer Electronic" product is!?..." Ding!!!!🙈

  • "The strange but true history of women being batshit crazy"

  • "Ouuwwwhhh deeetata!! Ouww he's like a woman on a monthly period, you see, ouwwhh! I know how it is to have periods, so I think it what he has! Deee" That was Hank's mother. Condescends a lot and can only relate to anything by relating to herself (basic, in other words). She's intelligent. Read my commentary here, as I don't like repeating myself: us-tv.org/tv/video-Gc6J59Hkc6M.html Although I have to (repeat myself).

  • soo many questions.. but I keep hearing the Meme, "It's a Trap!", each time I question things👀

  • 0:25 That's a statue of man, you know...

  • Just wanna S/o to all the women commenting, who’ve experienced lesser medical treatment, diagnosis & overall care. I’ve never experienced that kind of treatment myself, actually the opposite, if I had to judge. I hope any & all who have been dealt with that kind of treatment, immediately complain to a superior & make sure you’re heard & taken seriously. Obviously, find a different provider, who listens & treats you as important & equal.

  • It was the corsets. Definitely the corsets. I don’t know why they couldn’t figure out that deliberately squeezing a woman’s internal organs out of place would cause swooning, all the while blaming it on one organ supposedly just wandering around on its own.

  • So is this where hysterectomy comes from?

  • But smelling salts do really wake up unconscious people...

  • DR. ELIZABETH MACMILLAN (deadpan): Looks like a nerve powder, usually prescribed for women of course, the hysterical sex, for nervous exhaustion, emotional collapse, wandering wombs... PHRYNE FISHER: Why on Earth would a womb wander? MAC: Unnatural behavior will do it, according to Hippocrates. Like celibacy. PHRYNE: Oh good, mine’s not going anywhere. - “Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries”, S1E1. Set in 1920s Melbourne, Australia.

  • Someone with a wandering uterus today would seem quite promiscuous today.

  • I studied some of this, so basically women who suffered from anxiety or often felt anxious was “treated” using orgasm. Basically the rush of hormones from it temporarily relaxed the woman etc etc

  • LOL wtf is this Nonsense