hysterical paralysis


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hysterical paralysis

[hi′ster·ə·kəl pə′ral·ə·səs]
(medicine)
Muscle weakness or paralysis without loss of reflex activity, in which no organic nerve lesion can be demonstrated, but which is due to psychogenic factors. Also known as functional paralysis.
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Thus, from a clinical perspective, if Marie's religious belief heals her wounded psyche, her hysterical paralysis will be cured as well.
15] To differentiate hysterical paralysis from organic paralysis, Merritt's suggests testing deep tendon reflexes (DTR) which will be absent in the latter and present in the former.
I then read this association between hypnosis and sculpture in light of Freud's work on hysterical paralysis, a condition demonstrated repeatedly by Charcot at the Salpetriere.