American Hysteria explores moral panics, conspiracy theories, urban legends, and how fantastical thinking has shaped our culture from the Puritans to the present. Sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying, sometimes heartfelt, host Chelsey Weber-Smith tells the strangest stories from American history that have created the reality we share, or maybe more accurately, the reality we don't.
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On episode 6, Hannah and Cameron tell the true story behind the movie Sybil. Sybil started all the fuss about Multiple Personality Disorder and was based the life of Shirley Mason. Miss Mason was diagnosed with multiple personality disorder after a therapist noticed she would sometime appear to be different people. Sybil was viewed by millions of people over 2 nights in 1976 and led to a huge rise in the diagnosis of MPD. With MPD on the forefront of peoples minds, we begin a fascination with the disorder and a slew of examples from entertainment, media, and news sources. Many people know about Multiple Personality Disorder from movies and shows like Split and Sybil, but how factual are those movies? And where does Multiple Personality Disorder come from?