August 28, 2007 3:00am CST
True hysteria is uncommon in childhood. mild and often transient hysteriacal symptoms however occur fairly often in the course of other neuroses. In the various forms of motor senfory hysteria the indivudal is unconsicously using a physical symptom to gain a particalar end. While the abdominal pain, sickness and other physical symptoms occur in many neourtic conditions, the term hysteria usually refers to conditons where anxiety has been largely repressed and repalced by hysteriacal symptoms Because the symptos serve the purpose of reducing anxiety, the patient often shwos little or no conern about them, despite what may appear to be acrippling disability.