hysterical blindness


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hysterical blindness

An inaccurate term for functional blindness, i.e., blindness caused by psychological disorders rather than by demonstrable organic pathology.
See also: blindness
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Best Performance by an actress in a mini series or motion picture made for television: Uma Thurman, Hysterical Blindness
David Bernard, 14, was diagnosed as suffering from hysterical blindness brought on by stress.
In addition, most recently Lewis co-starred opposite Jennifer Lopez in the thriller Enough and in HBO's drama Hysterical Blindness, with Uma Thurman and Gena Rowlands.
The films that will be screened include: Jamil Dehlavi's Immaculate Conception starring Shabana Azmi; Jagmohan Mundhra's Bawandar starring Nandita Das; Isabel Gardela's Tomandote starring Zack Qureshi; Darshan Bhagat's Karma Local starring Darshan Bhagat; Somnath Sen's Leela starring Dimple Kapadia; Mira Nair's Hysterical Blindness produced by and starring Uma Thurman, and the 11-minute segment contributed by Ms.