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 • 977

  • Piano With Corey
    Piano With Corey 7 hours 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 11 hours ago

    Bring back the goatee

  • Kayla C.
    Kayla C. Day ago

    Hysteria was in the DSM until 1980?? Yikes.

  • Geneva Yaeno
    Geneva Yaeno 2 days 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 Yaeno
      Geneva Yaeno 2 days 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

  • Jolyne Cujoh
    Jolyne Cujoh 3 days ago +1

    the hell...?

  • harringaj
    harringaj 3 days ago

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

  • collegeman1988
    collegeman1988 4 days 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 4 days 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 days ago

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

  • Katarina Bergqwist
    Katarina Bergqwist 5 days ago

    You should all watch the movie Hysteria from 2011.

  • kannddyy19
    kannddyy19 5 days ago +1

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

  • george boyd
    george boyd 6 days ago

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

  • Zapphy Eff
    Zapphy Eff 6 days ago

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

  • areamusicale
    areamusicale 6 days ago

    I dare you to google "the first vibrator"!

  • spindash64
    spindash64 6 days 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 6 days ago

    Omgroflmao.... Historical Ignorance

  • luckyOcean_Cat
    luckyOcean_Cat 6 days ago

    Freud!!

  • Zach
    Zach 7 days 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 7 days 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

    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 7 days 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 7 days ago +1

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

  • jedigecko06
    jedigecko06 7 days ago

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

  • warhawkjah
    warhawkjah 7 days 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 7 days ago

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

  • ycr424
    ycr424 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days 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 7 days ago

    Pre-20th century medicine is just terrifying

  • Carol Peletier
    Carol Peletier 7 days 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 7 days ago

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

  • pedro Elizondo
    pedro Elizondo 7 days ago

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

  • Linh Tran
    Linh Tran 7 days ago

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

  • Sythicol
    Sythicol 8 days 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 8 days ago

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

  • Matt Bachmann
    Matt Bachmann 8 days ago

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

  • NihilisticEntropy
    NihilisticEntropy 8 days ago

    We thought they were wrong, but now...

  • sent4dc
    sent4dc 8 days 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 8 days ago

    what the hell is hysteria?

  • Deividas NC
    Deividas NC 8 days ago

    they use IBS now then can't find anything

  • SayWhat?
    SayWhat? 8 days 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 8 days ago

    Ha! Lady parts😉

  • Pragnan Saha
    Pragnan Saha 8 days ago +1

    Fear the almighty UTERUS !!!

  • Kuro Kohi
    Kuro Kohi 8 days ago

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

  • Plotuis Sonatas
    Plotuis Sonatas 8 days 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 8 days ago +1

    1:43 Reel it in with a coat hanger

  • Quaglium Quagnarr
    Quaglium Quagnarr 8 days ago

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

  • Thomas Lewis
    Thomas Lewis 8 days ago

    Not a single Muse joke was made. Disliked

  • Devon Roberts
    Devon Roberts 8 days 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 8 days 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 8 days ago

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

  • Mitchell Mammel
    Mitchell Mammel 8 days ago

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

  • Babydoll Jim
    Babydoll Jim 8 days 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 8 days ago

    How disturbing, woman were forced to have sex

  • Raul M.
    Raul M. 8 days ago

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

  • Scott Lilja
    Scott Lilja 8 days ago

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

  • mrdabbleswithpotion
    mrdabbleswithpotion 8 days 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. 8 days ago

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

  • Christian Changer
    Christian Changer 8 days ago

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

  • Candy Colon-Rivera
    Candy Colon-Rivera 8 days 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 8 days 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.

  • devin burleson
    devin burleson 8 days ago

    So is this where hysterectomy comes from?

  • niCole Bright
    niCole Bright 8 days ago

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

  • TK Wallace
    TK Wallace 8 days 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 !

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

  • Breona Warren
    Breona Warren 8 days 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

  • Belligerent Drunk
    Belligerent Drunk 8 days ago

    LOL wtf is this Nonsense

  • Brianna frasier
    Brianna frasier 8 days ago

    God i hate the men of yester years.... so glad i wasnt born in the era's before... 1970 'women had no place but to serve their husbands & men were always right' BLAH!! Anywho-
    Love you hank! Keep doing what you do ☺

  • IT'S NOT A BAD DICK
    IT'S NOT A BAD DICK 9 days ago

    Nah, I hear Muse

  • Finn Cousins
    Finn Cousins 9 days ago

    At about 4:00 my phone thought he said "hey Siri" and opened Siri and I was confused af

  • Dodecanomicon
    Dodecanomicon 9 days ago

    So, the uterus would wander around the body, causing chaos? Brutus the Uterus....

  • Abbygale420 Guin
    Abbygale420 Guin 9 days ago

    Next summer's horror movie...." The
    Wandering uterus ....it's coming for you"

  • minh Le
    minh Le 9 days ago

    I was thinking of Alice madness return

  • Eli Torres
    Eli Torres 9 days ago

    Now I am going to diagnose all women with a wandering uterus, and the cure sex and masturbation!!!

  • Alfonso J. Ramos
    Alfonso J. Ramos 9 days ago

    I had not realized that the female reproductive system was a Cthulhu Pink Panther

  • Jenni Locke
    Jenni Locke 9 days ago

    When i hear the word hysteria, i think Def Leppard

  • Johnny Ros
    Johnny Ros 9 days ago

    Oh come on!!! Why wasn’t this uploaded a lot earlier! I was doing a research paper about this.

  • Leelee Goodboi
    Leelee Goodboi 9 days ago

    Oh my godddd. Why?!?!?

  • Triani Valentina
    Triani Valentina 9 days ago

    Wandering uterus video is trending?? R E A L L Y ? ?

  • MARIZOL CARRILLO
    MARIZOL CARRILLO 9 days ago

    👍

  • theDevilsGreed
    theDevilsGreed 9 days ago

    They also masterbated women as treatment and doctor created first vibrator because he was getting carpal tunnel rubbing so many women

  • acegeek
    acegeek 9 days ago

    If your uterus is wandering around your body, it's way past time to see a OBGYN.

  • GHOST MOSS
    GHOST MOSS 9 days ago

    Women still get dx’d with this (conversion disorder) when doctors don’t care enough to fully investigate complicated cases. Watch the documentary “unrest”, patients with myalgic encephalomyelitis get this dx and then waste away... we’re still in the dark ages when it comes to believing women.

  • uknow who
    uknow who 9 days ago +1

    People were really dumb not so long ago yet and still people today believe what's written in the Bible verbatim with all their heart. Go figure that.

  • Sally Lee
    Sally Lee 9 days ago

    The shade is strong with this one

  • Gunas Hanuman
    Gunas Hanuman 9 days ago

    Good going pale . Block the action for all the rest of us .
    That Line has been working for century's .

  • HauntedShadowsLegacy
    HauntedShadowsLegacy 9 days ago +2

    "Hmmm... I don't really like women unless they're sucking me off, and I'm not allowed to ask that of patients... Yeah, I'm just gonna give a vague diagnosis and send you on your way even though you're in a pretty desperate state medically.' - Every bad male doctor ever.

  • rakim
    rakim 9 days ago

    Dr.strangelove would be proud

  • That Dude Dude
    That Dude Dude 9 days ago

    i thought it was a condition

  • Boris Callejas
    Boris Callejas 9 days ago

    I don't recommend this for the 2018 world series on June 14.

  • MissyAmy88
    MissyAmy88 9 days ago

    Just think about how many illnesses women have, and have had over the years, that have been called hysteria. Like Epilepsy, Diabetes, MS, Lupus etc.

  • jesscateyeSQUAD
    jesscateyeSQUAD 9 days ago

    tvclip.biz/video/zoo69fE8BVE/video.html AFTER THIS TRY OUT SOME RAMEN MADE IN A BOWEL MADE FROM RAMEN

  • Spork Spork
    Spork Spork 9 days ago

    Boner? anyone?

  • Asad Rehman
    Asad Rehman 9 days ago

    Hi. I am Very Horny Now anybody want sexy chat on skype then add me please This is my skype: julia.sydney1434

  • Hotel July
    Hotel July 9 days ago +3

    Boy, you guys really danced around the whole "systemic sexism" part of hysteria huh