A Case of HysteriaMain MenuThe Altogether Shocking History of Women’s Mental HealthThe Anatomy of InsanityThe Wandering WombTheater Of The HystericsThis Place Will Make You CrazyThe Water CureHysterical ParoxysmThis Lobotomy Won't Hurt A BitShe Must Be MadShock The Pain AwayJust A Touch Of ElectricityA Home For Inebriates And The InsaneThe Inmates Aren't Running The AsylumStories From The SanatoriumAgnes RichardsThe Ladies of RockhavenBaby BluesMaybe She's Born With ItStay Subservient!The Cost of Going Crazy in CaliforniaTill Commitment Do We PartAdditional Artifacts from Patton State Hospital, ca. 1930-1950Anne-Marie Maxwell
Father Freud Knows Best
1media/Header Image - Father Freud Knows Best.jpgmedia/Header Image - Father Freud Knows Best.jpg2020-03-27T15:02:00-07:00Anne-Marie Maxwell326ac6eff123bb3f77fb517c66299be8b435b4793698010image_header9781212020-04-28T20:13:06-07:00Curtis Fletcher3225f3b99ebb95ebd811595627293f68f680673eOne of Charcot’s most attentive pupils was the Austrian founder of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud. In 1895 he copublished with Josef Breuer Studies on Hysteria. In it, they posit that hysteria’s cause was not physiological but from traumatic memories deep in the subconscious. The book’s first case study was “Anna O.” (aka Bertha Pappenheim), who sought Breuer’s help with symptoms that manifested while she was caring for her dying father. Breuer diagnosed her hallucinations and speech problems as hysteria. To access her unconscious mind, he hypnotized her and quietly recorded her dialogue for later analysis. Pappenheim’s case fascinated Freud and led him to conclude hysteria was rooted in childhood sexual abuse, a diagnosis Breuer did not share. Freud continued treating hysteria via psychoanalysis, perhaps most famously with Dora (Ida Bauer), who presented with symptoms of nervous coughing, migraine headaches, and antisocial behavior. Before treatment with Freud she underwent hydrotherapy and electric shocks but after accusing both her father of having an extramarital affair and her father’s friend of making unwanted advances, Dora was ordered to seek treatment with Freud. Their sessions would prove critical in Freud’s landmark book The Interpretation of Dreams.
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