hysterical paralysis


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hysterical paralysis

Loss of movement without a demonstrable organic cause. Typically the patient's reflexes are preserved in the affected body part despite its apparent immobility, and bowel and bladder function are preserved. In Western medicine, functional disorders such as this are treated with occupational therapy or supportive psychotherapy; in traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used.
See: Hoover sign
See also: paralysis
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Therefore, the reader of Lourdes is likely to come to the conclusion that Marie's repressed sexuality is the source of her hysterical paralysis.
The word completely distinguishes Freud's theory from that of Charcot, who continued to search for a "dynamic" lesion at the root of hysterical paralysis.
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