Year: 1982 Source: JAMA, v.247, no.18, (May 14, 1982), p.2559-2564 SIEC No: 19820345

This article discusses the basis on which a reliable diagnosis of hysteria can be made, & offers guidelines for conservative management, based on the clinical literature & the author’s experience. Murphy states that hysterics rarely commit suicide unless the condition is complicated by substance abuse. He asserts that suicide attempts do not represent a serious intent to die but that they are socially disruptive & have a risk of injurious miscalculation. He discusses intervention very briefly.