Hysteria is a medical condition or general state of extreme fear and panic. When hysteria sets in, people are out of control.

In a medical sense, people who are feeling hysteria may be violent and having trouble perceiving reality. In a more general sense, when someone is hysterical, they're out of control — freaking out. Hysteria is the opposite of calmness. It's really a state of emotional chaos that often takes over during natural disasters and scary moments. Or if you're a 13 year old girl, when you go to a concert for your favorite boy band.

Definitions of hysteria

n state of violent mental agitation

craze, delirium, frenzy, fury
a frenzy of emotion; as for something unattainable
epidemic hysertia, mass hysteria
a condition in which a large group of people exhibit the same state of violent mental agitation
Type of:
mania, manic disorder
a mood disorder; an affective disorder in which the victim tends to respond excessively and sometimes violently

n excessive or uncontrollable fear

Type of:
fear, fearfulness, fright
an emotion experienced in anticipation of some specific pain or danger (usually accompanied by a desire to flee or fight)

n neurotic disorder characterized by violent emotional outbreaks and disturbances of sensory and motor functions

hysterical neurosis
anxiety hysteria
a form of hysteria having features of both conversion disorder and anxiety neurosis
hysteria with cataleptic symptoms
Type of:
neurosis, neuroticism, psychoneurosis
a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction

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