The Strange (But True) History of Hysteria

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  • 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 • 866

  • Ethan Wagner
    Ethan Wagner Month ago

    Hysteria: the ancestor of "Are you on your period?"

  • Ninjakenth Kun
    Ninjakenth Kun Month ago

    I just search Hysteria by Nano
    And this came up

  • caro
    caro 2 months ago

    I didn't know whether to laugh or facepalm for the entirety of the video

  • Elka Sir
    Elka Sir 2 months ago

    the moving uterus kinda sounds nighmarish tbh
    that feeling that you can feel your uterus moving around your body, it's unnerving

  • belovedchaos1
    belovedchaos1 3 months ago

    Ohh thank goodness...and here I thought I was going crazy. Ha ha ha

  • Guest Informant
    Guest Informant 3 months ago

    This is happening with autism.

  • qiaomei zhang
    qiaomei zhang 4 months ago +1

    BeCaUsE ThAt Is ToTaLlY hOw It WoRkS

  • [GD] Hali
    [GD] Hali 4 months ago +1

    *3:35* Well.. now we know where that came from.

  • Alyssa Weaver Nelson
    Alyssa Weaver Nelson 4 months ago

    Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD)

  • Herbert Miller
    Herbert Miller 4 months ago

    Next time I disagree with my girlfriend I'm going to say "Get your uterus back in place."
    I bet you that will work out well.

  • Bessorah Rubenstein-Vered

    Funny story:
    Many women with endometriosis used to be diagnosed with Hysteria, and endometriosis is sort of like having your uterus wandering around, except it's only the lining and we don't really know now how it happens.

  • Robot Zombie
    Robot Zombie 4 months ago

    Didnt doctors masturbated female patients against their will?

  • Joyce Chen
    Joyce Chen 4 months ago

    it's the *hysteri* of hysteria

  • Dan
    Dan 4 months ago

    In defense of the doctors of that time, it doesn't seem that far fetched to think that the uterus can extend to higher reaches of the torso. When a woman is in the later stages of pregnancy, the uterus does stretch to be quite large to contain the unborn infant. It seems reasonable to think that it could reach at least that far, if not further when there's not a human growing in there.
    I'm doubtful that they thought it detached and wandered about on its own, so much as it stretched up and interfered with other organs.
    Obviously, we now know that the uterus doesn't really do that, but the idea isn't as ridiculous as this video makes it out to be. Sometimes the human body does some pretty strange things.

  • Moribund Murdoch
    Moribund Murdoch 4 months ago

    tarassis - The male equivlant of hysteria (which technically only applied to
    women)

  • That Random Rabbit
    That Random Rabbit 4 months ago

    This is so funny

  • Barbara Ann Baugh
    Barbara Ann Baugh 4 months ago

    Those symptoms sound a lot like PMS strange they never thought of chocolate :)

  • WorldReligion
    WorldReligion 4 months ago +2

    I enjoyed your video but I think you should've been more honest about the sexual assaults and rapes that happened on women when men said they were sick for no reason other than maybe they weren't feeling well or they had a mental issue to deal with

  • the night hAunter war/russian/aidan/doctor/doyle

    this videos hilarious.

  • Teri Yama
    Teri Yama 4 months ago

    I just think of Def Leppard and I’m happy

  • Zenny Abanales
    Zenny Abanales 4 months ago

    What's with the ancient hatred of the uterus? It's not like we went around blaming the testicles for wandering around your groin area causing health problems, then suggest that the only way to solve it was for men to get laid often. People back then were strange.

  • Tori Green
    Tori Green 4 months ago

    If only my doctors didn’t dismiss my symptoms as if they still believe in hysteria now...

  • Pressity Smith
    Pressity Smith 4 months ago

    WTF?! That was JUST removed from the DSM in 1980?!

  • Cleaner White
    Cleaner White 4 months ago

    that uterus in the thumbnail kinda look like Pink Panther

  • Lady Alteria
    Lady Alteria 4 months ago

    Oh Freud and your sex lol

  • Mama Val Promise
    Mama Val Promise 4 months ago

    Hey! Endometriosis *is* a thing! Look it up!

  • Electro-Cute
    Electro-Cute 4 months ago

    Wandering uterus made me dumber, oh gees @~@'

  • RoisinV
    RoisinV 4 months ago

    So basically, PMS has plagued us for thousands of years. 😕

  • Marceliaan
    Marceliaan 4 months ago

    Women can move their uterus back in place by twerking. It's a proven fact.

  • nikko marino
    nikko marino 4 months ago

    Man: My leg hurts.
    Doctor: You're ankle is sprained.
    Woman: My leg hurts.
    Doctor: Your uterus is wandering because you don't have enough sex.
    😕

  • Joy De
    Joy De 4 months ago

    'Wandering uterus' must be metaphorical.. not literal..

  • Brittney Burns
    Brittney Burns 4 months ago

    Wandering uterus has made my day lol

  • Piano With Corey
    Piano With Corey 4 months ago

    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!

  • pisceanrat
    pisceanrat 4 months ago

    Bring back the goatee

  • Kayla C.
    Kayla C. 4 months ago

    Hysteria was in the DSM until 1980?? Yikes.

  • Geneva Irons
    Geneva Irons 5 months ago

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

    • Geneva Irons
      Geneva Irons 5 months 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

  • Eyes of Supreme TM
    Eyes of Supreme TM 5 months ago +1

    the hell...?

  • harringaj
    harringaj 5 months ago

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

  • collegeman1988
    collegeman1988 5 months ago

    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.

  • 1-Minute Medical Terminology

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

  • Jessalyn
    Jessalyn 5 months ago +1

    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.

  • Sarah Fey
    Sarah Fey 5 months ago

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

  • Katarina Bergqwist
    Katarina Bergqwist 5 months ago

    You should all watch the movie Hysteria from 2011.

  • kannddyy19
    kannddyy19 5 months ago +1

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

  • george boyd
    george boyd 5 months ago

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

  • Zapphy Eff
    Zapphy Eff 5 months ago

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

  • areamusicale
    areamusicale 5 months ago

    I dare you to google "the first vibrator"!

  • spindash64
    spindash64 5 months ago

    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...

  • at BitcoinJake09
    at BitcoinJake09 5 months ago

    Omgroflmao.... Historical Ignorance

  • luckyOcean_Cat
    luckyOcean_Cat 5 months ago

    Freud!!

  • Zach
    Zach 5 months ago

    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.

  • greenjelly01
    greenjelly01 5 months ago +1

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

  • Storyteller's Lullaby
    Storyteller's Lullaby 5 months ago

    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.))

  • bigghoss762
    bigghoss762 5 months ago

    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."

  • Exo's proud mama bear
    Exo's proud mama bear 5 months ago +4

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

  • jedigecko06
    jedigecko06 5 months ago

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

  • warhawkjah
    warhawkjah 5 months ago

    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.

  • MissLilyputt
    MissLilyputt 5 months ago

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

  • ycr424
    ycr424 5 months ago

    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. ;}

  • Cody Erlanger
    Cody Erlanger 5 months ago

    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.

  • Corey McGuire
    Corey McGuire 5 months ago

    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 TVclip!

  • Deshka Darkstorm
    Deshka Darkstorm 5 months ago

    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.

  • Michael Oscar
    Michael Oscar 5 months ago

    Pre-20th century medicine is just terrifying

  • Carol Peletier
    Carol Peletier 5 months ago

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

  • Scopes
    Scopes 5 months ago

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

  • ped ro
    ped ro 5 months ago

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

  • Linh Tran
    Linh Tran 5 months ago

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

  • Sythicol
    Sythicol 5 months ago +1

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

  • Sprat-Lane
    Sprat-Lane 5 months ago

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

  • Matt Bachmann
    Matt Bachmann 5 months ago

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

  • NihilisticEntropy
    NihilisticEntropy 5 months ago

    We thought they were wrong, but now...

  • sent4dc
    sent4dc 5 months ago

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

  • Veo 16
    Veo 16 5 months ago

    what the hell is hysteria?

  • Deividas NC
    Deividas NC 5 months ago

    they use IBS now then can't find anything

  • SayWhat?
    SayWhat? 5 months ago

    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?"

  • mr. tata
    mr. tata 5 months ago

    Ha! Lady parts😉

  • Pragnan Saha
    Pragnan Saha 5 months ago +1

    Fear the almighty UTERUS !!!

  • Dont Look At Me
    Dont Look At Me 5 months ago

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

  • Plotuis Sonatas
    Plotuis Sonatas 5 months ago

    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.

  • Quaglium Quagnarr
    Quaglium Quagnarr 5 months ago +1

    1:43 Reel it in with a coat hanger

  • Quaglium Quagnarr
    Quaglium Quagnarr 5 months ago

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

  • High Preist Of The Children Of Tom

    Not a single Muse joke was made. Disliked

  • Devon Roberts
    Devon Roberts 5 months ago

    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..

  • spijkerpoes
    spijkerpoes 5 months ago

    Well, i might have to disagree on the progress we supposed to have made. Please watch Jennifer Brea
    tvclip.biz/video/Fb3yp4uJhq0/video.html

  • Daniel Turner
    Daniel Turner 5 months ago

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

  • Mitchell Mammel
    Mitchell Mammel 5 months ago

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

  • Babydoll Jim
    Babydoll Jim 5 months ago

    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...

  • Lau Frances
    Lau Frances 5 months ago

    How disturbing, woman were forced to have sex

  • Raul M.
    Raul M. 5 months ago

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

  • Scott Lilja
    Scott Lilja 5 months ago

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

  • mrdabbleswithpotion
    mrdabbleswithpotion 5 months ago

    "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: tvclip.biz/video/Gc6J59Hkc6M/video.html
    Although I have to (repeat myself).

  • Raul M.
    Raul M. 5 months ago

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

  • Christian Changer
    Christian Changer 5 months ago

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

  • Candy Colon-Rivera
    Candy Colon-Rivera 5 months ago

    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.

  • RickySTT
    RickySTT 5 months ago

    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.

  • devincognito
    devincognito 5 months ago

    So is this where hysterectomy comes from?

  • niCole Bright
    niCole Bright 5 months ago

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

  • TK Wallace
    TK Wallace 5 months ago +2

    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.

  • Wealllovemerylstreep !
    Wealllovemerylstreep ! 5 months ago

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

  • Breona Warren
    Breona Warren 5 months ago

    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