This is the origin of hysterical (adj.)
1610s, "characteristic of hysteria," from Latin hystericus "of the womb," from Greek hysterikos "of the womb, suffering in the womb," from hystera "womb".
The word hysteria originates from the Greek word for uterus, as it was thought this disorder (eg. anxiety, nervousness) could only be found in women.
In Ancient Greece, the womb was regarded as a living creature in a woman's body, which wanders around and causes the disorder. The cure for hysteria was to put the womb back to its correct place by inhaling some good smells.
In the 16th and 17th centuries, people continued believing the disorder was related to the womb, though the reasons changed a little: Hysteria was now believed to be due to retention of fluids in the uterus, sexual deprivation, or still by the tendency of the uterus to wander around the female body causing irritability and suffocation. This is the time the word hysterical emerged.
By the Industrial Era, people recognized that hysteria is a psychological condition rather than a physical one, and that men can also be hysterical. The word hysteria emerged in 1801 and started to have a general sense of "unhealthy emotion or excitement" by 1839.
In modern time, the word hysterical was used against the campaign for women to fight for rights and empowerment.