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Could someone help me find out if there's any difference between 'hysteric' and hysterical'?
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She is a hysteric.
She suffers from hysteria.
She gets hysterical.
Interesting (and sexist - as so much etymology is ) link to the thread about Greek derivations: the Cl. Greek for 'womb' was ύστερος - so hysteria was originally a strictly female weakness.
Note also the term 'histrionic'.
This is also a behaviour type and differs in some respects to 'hysterical' behaviour.
In psychology, 'hysteria' is classified as neurosis. 'Histrionic' behaviour generally occurs as a personality trait/disorder.
Histrionic personality disorder - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
People with a histrionic personality are more likely to have 'hysterics' and possibly more likely to develop a hysterical disorder.
Actors/actresses, show people, and entertainers often have histrionic personality types.