Welcoming L.A. Artist Joanie Ellen to Flick studios. Arriving with exhibition about hysteria
Symptoms of hysteria included uncontrolled emotion and sexual assertiveness. Victorian furniture manufacturers produced fainting couches to relieve the condition. Other cures included hypnosis and magic.
Hysterics themselves could be convincing. One performed her diagnosis so well that the most eminent French psychologist paid her to appear before professional audiences. When she began refusing, she was institutionalized and sent to solitary confinement, later escaping the ward disguised in men’s clothing.