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Mental Catharsis

Josef Breuer and Sigmund Freud presented “Mental Catharsis” as a new method of investigating and treatment of hysterical symptoms. They described it in their book “Studies in Hysteria“, published in 1895.

Breuer and Freud found that  symptoms subsided when , (the patient under hypnosis) they had succeeded awakening the memories with its accompanying affect, and the patient discussed the emotionally traumatic situation and gave verbal expression to that affect.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)


Sigmund Freud

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Panic attacks

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Panic attacks can last from a few minutes to several hours?

Panic attacks are characterized by the following symptoms:

  • lightheadedness,
  • paresthesias of the hand, feet and face,
  • sweating,
  • tremor,
  • dyspnea,
  • pain in the chest, and
  • an intense conviction of impending death.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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Who is Charcot ?

Charcot was outstanding french neurologist who developed a system of hypnosis as treatment of hysteria. He was also Freud master.

Jean M. Charcot demonstrated the traumatic power of emotional disturbance in provoking the manifestations of the disease and managed the elimination of the hysteric symptoms through suggestion and hypnosis.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

"Retrato de Charcot"

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Pychosomatic Medicine

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Dr. George M. Beard (1830-1883) published a paper entitled “The Influence of Mind in the Causation and Cure of Disease and the Potency of Definite Expectation” ?

He said : fear, anger, grief, wonder and expectation were the most likely to produce disease. This is what Psychosomatic Medicine regarded nowadays.

Psychosomatic disorders are diseases or symptoms in the body which are partially or totally related to the emotions of the person.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)


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Psychoanalysis and early experiences

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Psychoanalysis underlines the importance of early emotional experiences for later psychological disturbances ?

Psychoanalysis is a form of psychotherapy developed by Sigmund Freud to cure mental disorders.

The Austrian psychiatrist Freud showed that neurotic symptoms were due to traumatic experiences lived by the patients. According to Sigmund Freud many conflicting thoughts or feelings were repressed and remained in the unconscious.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)


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The Name of Schizophrenia (English)

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the name of Schizophrenia was coined in 1908, referring to the disconnection or splitting of the psychic functions, which is believed to be an outstanding symptom of  this illness ?

The term Schizophrenia was coined by Eulen Bleuler, the.Swiss psychiatrist.

Before that, in 1896 Emil Kraepelin called it Dementia Praecox. This term was based on the early onset of the tendency toward a deteriorating course.

The Schizophrenia disorders are a mental disorder with a tendency toward chronicity which impairs functioning and which characterized by psychotic symptoms involving disturbances of thinking, feeling, and behavior.

(Edited by Dra Moya Guirao)

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Hypochondriasis is a disorder characterized by a preoccupation with bodily functions and a big fear that one is suffering from serious disease. Somatic complaints are an expression of the belief that some organic disease is present.

This patients complains of a wide variety of body symptoms, most commonly in the chest, head and bowel.They describes them with specific details respect to location, quality and duration. The complains are usually not associated with abnormal physical finding.


In Hypochondriasis the patient’s distress is exaggerated and he is resistant to logical reassurance.

Hypochondriacal symptoms are frequently associated with Depression and disappear when the affective disorder is relieved.

(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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Briquet’s Syndrome

Briquet’s Syndrome is a Somatization Disorder characterized by multiple somatic symptoms.

This illness is considered a form of hysteria and occurs predominantly in women.

The Briquet’s Syndrome patients complains of vague somatic symptoms, ie, abdominal pain, fatigue, headaches, sparring, dyspareunia, nausea, and vomiting.

The symptoms are a message expressing a desperate plea for help and attention.

Patients often dissatisfied with their care, go from doctor to doctor.


(Edited by María Moya Guirao, M.D.)

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