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We need to get past the hysteria and decide what to do.
  a state of violent mental agitation — especially uncontrollable fear
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Today many disorders that would have been called hysteria in the past are diagnosed as schizophrenia, conversion disorder, anxiety attacks, or histrionic personality disorder.
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  • We need to get past the hysteria and decide what to do.
  • They try to portray my rightful concern as hysteria.
  • The worst legislation is passed when the populace has been whpped into hysteria.
  • Psycho-analysis, as every one knows, is primarily a method of understanding hysteria and certain forms of insanity...; but it has been found that there is much in the lives of ordinary men and women which bears a humiliating resemblance to the delusions of the insane.
    Bertrand Russell  --  The Analysis of Mind

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  • I mastered the rising hysteria, lifted up my head, and took a firm stand on the stool.
    Charlotte Bronte  --  Jane Eyre
  • We need a vaccination to protect against mass hysteria.
  • cried, laughed, and manifested the chaotic abandonment of hysteria.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • ...there was a species of mad hilarity in his eyes—an evidently restrained hysteria in his whole demeanour.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Fall of the House of Usher
  • And it’s called religious hysteria.
    Athol Fugard  --  Master Harold...and the Boys
  • She came upon an ancient book in the house called Devils, Drugs, and Doctors and was frightened to mute hysteria by pictures of medieval labor chairs, delivery instruments, and the information that women were sometimes thrown repeatedly against walls to induce birth.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman

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  • I’m out of breath and on the verge of hysteria when we find the office.
    Colleen Hoover  --  Slammed
  • Her voice breaks a little, a note of hysteria creeping in.
    Lauren Oliver  --  Before I Fall
  • Thomas screamed, a hysteria rising up in him.
    James Dashner  --  The Death Cure
  • Guy always treats me like I’m on the verge of hysteria; he’ll talk to Rand when I’m right there, totally ignore me, like I need my husband to explain things to little dumb me.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • The thought sent me into an even deeper hysteria.
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • If he did anything like that, I might have some doubt; I might rethink the whole this-is-an-alien-headfake thing and conclude I am suffering from paranoia and battle-induced hysteria.
    Rick Yancey  --  The 5th Wave
  • Hysteria had been building on the outside and the inside as to where she would serve her short sentence, and what would happen to her.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • I’ve represented women, whose numbers in prison have increased 640 percent in the last thirty years, and seen how our hysteria about drug addiction and our hostility to the poor have made us quick to criminalize and prosecute poor women when a pregnancy goes wrong.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • There was a tinge of hysteria in his voice.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • Cinder’s auditory interface couldn’t protect her from the shrill memory, even as Peony’s voice cracked and she dissolved into hysteria.
    Marissa Meyer  --  Cinder
  • There was a faint note of hysteria in his mother’s voice.
    Jojo Moyes  --  Me Before You
  • It was a normal enough reaction, and he did not try to block it but, rather, held her firmly and let the hysteria run its course.
    William Goldman  --  The Princess Bride
  • Fighting down her hysteria, Meg took Charles’s other arm and held it tightly.
    Madeleine L’Engle  --  A Wrinkle in Time
  • Hysteria ripples through the crowd.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • I ask, trying to control the near hysteria in my voice.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • By this time, I was on the verge of hysteria.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • When the Gestapo came to the barn where the woman was hidden, not the baby but the mother began to shriek with hysteria.
    Corrie Ten Boom  --  The Hiding Place
  • He came to the flat in the afternoon, and he was wild, close to hysteria, possessed by all the African terror of strange Africans.
    V.S. Naipaul  --  A Bend in the River
  • And then I begun to believe it little by little, and I saw these closed vans going down the street toward the west, and then I believed it and cried and came into hysteria also.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • I couldn’t keep the hysteria from my voice.
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Their looming plaid presences were unnerving, and I felt a mounting sense of hysteria.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • Her gust of laughter had a self-propelling recklessness I knew all too well from wild nights with Boris, an edge of giddiness and hysteria that I associated (in myself, anyway) with having narrowly missed death.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Their goal is to harm innocent civilians, Silver and Red, to incite fear and hysteria.
    Victoria Aveyard  --  Red Queen
  • Maybe he sensed it was Negli’s talking, some crazy hysteria, or that I just needed to feel close.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Hysteria, thought Flora.
    Kate DiCamillo  --  Flora & Ulysses
  • Concisely, and without hysteria.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Lost Souls
  • For a moment he was seized by a kind of hysteria.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He went on scrambling and the laughter rose to a gale of hysteria.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • I laugh, giddy with hysteria as the ground comes closer and closer.
    Veronica Roth  --  Divergent
  • We can’t cope with hysteria on the top of everything else.
    Agatha Christie  --  And Then There Were None
  • I’m cold and wet and winded, but my escape attempt has done nothing to subdue the hysteria rising up inside me.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • Now the high voice broke into hysteria, the gabbling screams of a hyena, the thudding became louder.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • And just the sound of the word would send us off into quiet hysteria, while we calmly sipped our tea.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • "It’s my fault!" And then I cross some line into hysteria and there’s a needle in my arm and the world slips away.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Mockingjay
  • Wynand laughed; he laughed too long, as if he could not stop it; his laughter had an edge of hysteria.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • For others it’s a moment of bed-wetting hysteria: It was late May 1939, and the night had been like most others.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief
  • The hysteria spread to the neighbouring trees.
    Yann Martel  --  Life of Pi
  • But honestly, all this hysteria about giants.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He whirled around upon Yossarian in near hysteria.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • In the ensuing national hysteria Congress funneled millions upon millions of dollars into the California-based aerospace industry, and the boom was on.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
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