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What's the difference between Somatoform and Psychosomatic disorders?


Hi,

Don't both of these basically mean disorders or problems that are caused or worsened by what's in the persons head (mental issues, imagined disorder, etc.). but don't really have an organic cause?

Thanks,

TZ
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They are similar concepts, but there is a distinction.

A psychosomatic disorder is one in which the patient's mental issues causes real physical illness. For example, a person's anxiety might cause high blood pressure - an actual physical symptom that can be measured.

A somatoform disorder on the other hand has no physical cause at all. For example, imagined pain in the leg but no physical damage there.

Probably not the best examples out there - just thought of them off the top of my head - but hopefully you get the idea.  (+ info)

what is the difference between dissociative disorders and somatoform disorders?


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was the somatoform disorder in any movie?


we need to find movie clips for different disorders in my psychology class. my group got somatoform, and i cant find any movie with it in it. know any?
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let me guess--you go to a state-funded university dont you? christ. its these kind of asinine assignments that actually reduce, rather than increase, intelligence.  (+ info)

Briefly summarize how the psychological disorders are classified?


Briefly decribe the role of DSM IV for the major classes Anxiety disorders, Dissociative disorders, Somatoform disorders, Mood disorders, Schizophrenia, and Personality disorders.
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Is This True of All Clinical and Personality Disorders?


I was reading about different clinical and personality disorders and it seemed like there was one common theme. For anyone with any sort of psychological disorder, something about them, whether it be their thoughts, their affect, their mood, their behavior, their perceptions, just something about them is not grounded in reality.

For example, someone with an anxiety disorder has fears that are not grounded in reality, someone with a mood disorder has thoughts and feelings that are not grounded in reality, someone with a somatoform disorder has percieved medical problems that are not grounded in reality.

Is it correct to say that every single clinical and personality disorder out there causes someone in some way to have to lose some contact with reality?
I'm not saying that the person loses all contact with reality, just that some aspect about them is not looking at things in a realistic way. Someone with an anxiety disorder has fears for no logical reason or is stressed out for no logical reason.

I'm not saying that every aspect of them is out of touch with reality, just some aspect of them is not.
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Is bipolar disorder and somatoform disorder the same or can a person have both? What is affective disorder?


Affective disorder is a mental disorder characterized by a consistent, pervasive alteration in mood, and affecting thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Somatoform disorder is a condition in which the physical pain and symptoms a person feels are related to psychological factors. These symptoms can't be traced to a specific physical cause. In people who have somatoform disorder, medical test results are either normal or don't explain the person's symptoms. People who have this disorder may have several medical evaluations and tests to be sure that they don't have another illness. They often become very worried about their health because they don't know what's causing their health problems. Their symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses and may last for several years. People who have somatoform disorder are not faking their symptoms. The pain that they feel is real. So it is not the same as Bipolarity but you can have both at the same time.  (+ info)

I have been studying stress related disorders for my research.?


The list is so wide and complex. Chronic Fatigue syndrome , Fibromyalgia , Somatoform disorders , headache , migraine , skin disorders like itching , scaling of skin , psoriasis , heart trouble , blood pressure , diabetes , elevated cholesterol , acidity , Irritable bowel syndrome , sexual dysfunction , joint pains , reduced immunity system and associated disorders and the list can go on where the stress contributes substantially in case of these disorders. Problem is that there is no quick solution and the worst part is most of the doctors do not take cognizance of the psychological factor in treating these disorders and just treat symptoms.
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i agree with you, but i am unsure what you are asking.
my mom has Fibromyalgia and could hardly even get any information from her doctor. many support groups and doctors later (and 13+ years) she has learned enough about it and how to manage it. she couldn't get a doctor to prescribe more than something for pain. which is actually not advisable for obvious reasons.
diet is important. when she changed her diet -not sure of everything she has done but i know fish oil is in there *gag*- she noticed a huge difference in how often she was down and out. and she even had high energy levels.
in her research she found that this disease can not only be a product of stress but lacking the proper type of sleep. -where i think sleeping pills that are specific to the need might actually help prevent this disease by treating sleep disorders early. and who knows, maybe it would even take care of symptoms by giving the body something it is lacking after the condition has already set in.

i imagine a lot of other conditions and diseases could be handled more appropriately if the underlying issue was dealt with and not just the symptoms.

so that's my 2 cents, not too sure what you were asking though :)  (+ info)

What are some ailments and disorders that involve the human body's nervous system?


I would like to know what disorders/ailments affect the nervous system for a biology project, and I figured this was the best place to go.
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I have autoimmune pernicious anaemia (unable to absorb vitamin B12 in the digestive system) which affects the nervous system as B12 is essential to maintain the myelin sheath around the nerves. If undiagnosed, it can lead to permanent paralysis, be misdiagnosed as Alzheimer's disease (and cause permanent Alzhemier's disease if not diagnosed in time) and MS and is fatal without treatment. Misdiagnosis is common as lab levels are far too low. I have nerve damage in my finger still from being misdiagnosed. I had to diagnose myself.

Pernicious Anaemia:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pernicious_anemia

http://www.drdach.com/B12_Jeffrey_Dach_drdach.html  (+ info)

What are the odds of my children inheriting these disorders?


My fiance and I were in the process of planning our wedding, when he told me his father and aunt have a seizure disorder; presumably from his paternal grandmother, because his father and aunt have different fathers. Now, my fiance also has an aunt (on his mother's side) that has Downs Syndrome. I am concerned about possibly passing something onto my future children. What are the odds of my children inheriting one or both of these disorders?
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Down Syndrome isn't something that is inherited, and seizure disorders rarely are. So very low.

If you really are concerned you could talk with a geneticist. But as far as I can tell, there probably is no need to.  (+ info)

How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders linking to depression?


How well does zoloft work for anxiety disorders or is there anything else better that u would recommend that would not put me to sleep. Ive feared social things, going back to school, getting a job and getting infront of people all my life Just wondering wondering if there is something that would help me have a productive life that would help my anxiety? I want even go into a store by myself I panic. Ive always been more to myself because of it no very social.
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It works pretty damn good for me. I really don't feel sleepy at all just better.

It's more like your relaxed now that you don't have anxiety. It was a change for me because I couldn't think of a time where I was not panicky except when I was a little kid.

I started taking zoloft for anxiety/depression going on 2 months now.
I started at 25mg and am now at 100 mg, and I think I'm staying at 100.

It is truly amazing for anxiety. Anxiety has made me miserable, but not anymore.

I haven't had a panic attack in about a month now, and let me tell you it is great. I can go out in public now without a problem, Heart palpitations from anxiety are gone, and it also helps with my obsessive compulsiveness.

Good luck, you won't regret it!  (+ info)

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