Variability of mood and the diagnosis of hysterical personality disorder

P. R. Slavney, G. Rich

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Twenty patients with the diagnosis hysterical personality disorder were compared with a matched control group of patients with other personality and neurotic diagnoses. Subjects' moods were assessed with a visual analogue scale 4 times a day for 5 consecutive days. Patients with a primary discharge diagnosis of hysterical personality disorder showed greater variability of mood than controls. Since emotional lability is said to be a characteristic hysterical trait, the results are taken as empirical support for the validity of one of the clinical judgements inherent in the diagnostic process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)402-404
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1980

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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