A case of hysteria, with a note on biology

J. K. Meyer

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Abstract

Psychoanalysis recently has shown interest in the data of neurobiology. This interest has been fostered by the realization that a model of Cartesian mind-body dualism is inadequate to current observation and knowledge. Despite the theoretical appeal of integrating knowledge from the two fields, there have been few attempts at correlation in specific clinical situations. This paper presents a case of hysteria in which the physical manifestations of hyperprolactinemia, galactorrhea, amenorrhea, and infertility are considered in relation to both the brain regulation of pralactin and to unconscious fantasy, motivation, and conflict. Some of the intriguing possiblities and limitations of research at the frontier of psychoanalysis and neurophysiology are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)319-346
Number of pages28
JournalJournal of the American Psychoanalytic Association
Volume36
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1988
Externally publishedYes

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Hysteria
Psychoanalysis
Neurophysiology
Fantasy
Neurobiology
Amenorrhea
Infertility
Motivation
Observation
Brain
Research
Unconscious (Psychology)
Conflict (Psychology)
Galactorrhea-Hyperprolactinemia
Cartesian
Manifestation
Physical
Mind-body Dualism

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Psychology(all)
  • Clinical Psychology

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A case of hysteria, with a note on biology. / Meyer, J. K.

In: Journal of the American Psychoanalytic Association, Vol. 36, No. 2, 1988, p. 319-346.

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