This section is from the book "Materia Medica And Therapeutics Inorganic Substances", by Charles D. F. Phillips. Also available from Amazon: Materia medica and therapeutics.
In ordinary cases of hysteria, bromides alone do not give the relief that might be expected. The convulsive epileptiform seizures which sometimes occur may be controlled by them when the patients are fairly strong, but mere emotional disturbance and nerve-debility are better treated by other remedies. The malady is essentially connected with enfeebled nerve-power. Gubler, indeed, compares its paroxysms to convulsions after hemorrhage, and in such cases bromides are not really curative. In combination, e.g., with iron, valerian, or camphor, they may be of more service.