Hysteria

Female hysteria was once a common medical diagnosis for women. It is no longer recognized by medical authorities as a medical disorder, but still has lasting social implications. (…) Even though it was categorized as a disease, hysteria's symptoms were synonymous with normal functioning female sexuality.

Women considered to have it exhibited a wide array of symptoms, including anxiety, shortness of breath, fainting, nervousness, sexual desire, insomnia, fluid retention, heaviness in the abdomen, irritability, loss of appetite for food or sex, (paradoxically) sexually forward behaviour, and a "tendency to cause trouble". What was the answer in the Victorian Era? Vibrators.

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