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Can you tell me about some psychosomatic symptoms?

Can you tell me about some psychosomatic symptoms?

See below...: Somatization=tendency to experience psychological distress in the form of physical symptoms. Some psychosomatic symptoms that i see quite a bit in my practice include: high blood pressure, nausea, fatigue, lethargy, failure to thrive, headaches, back pain, neck pain, diarrhea, constipation, chest pain, shortness of breath, insomnia, abdominal pain, numbness, impotence, weight loss, no appetite...

Dr. Sheila Smith
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Psychosomatic (Definition)

"psychosomatic" refers to conditions which involve both body and mind, or when physical symptoms are exacerbated or caused by mental or emotional disturbances. Psychosomatic medicine is a branch of psychiatry devoted to medical science, education, and healthcare for people with comorbid psychiatric ...Read more


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How to tell if your symptoms are psychosomatic or the real thing?

How to tell if your symptoms are psychosomatic or the real thing?

Psychosomatic: disorders can present in a number of ways. Even conversion disorders may be difficult to distinguish from genuine physical pathology. In that situation careful medical evaluation to rule out medical causes - is often essential to make an accurate diagnosis. Sometime there are tip offs when a person presents with findings that are non- physiologic (not consistent with any known mechanism).

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What is the best way to deal with psychosomatic symptoms? and how to tell if they are psychosomatic in nature?

What is the best way to deal with psychosomatic symptoms? and how to tell if they are psychosomatic in nature?

See doctor: See your pcp for exam to rule out medical or 'somatic' basis for your symptoms. If is negative, you are left with the 'psyche' or psychological basis for symptoms. You may then want a mental health professional to help you better understand and how to cope with your physical distress. Good luck.

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If you have fear of certain injury/condition, and think about it often and then experience feelings/symptoms of it, is that psychosomatic?

If you have fear of certain injury/condition, and think about it often and then experience feelings/symptoms of it, is that psychosomatic?

Possibly: In the beginning phases of hypochondriasis or psychosomatic symptoms, one typically pays an inordinate amount of attention to physical signs and symptoms. Talking to a therapist can help determine if these thoughts are reasonable or an over active assessment of body signs and signals.

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Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

Saw a TV Show today about a man who died from psychosomatic (placebo effect) symptoms that caused his death. Is this really possible? Just curious.

No doubt about it.: Broken heart syndrome http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/broken-heart-syndrome/basics/definition/con-20034635 Asthma flares Japan overwork syndrome (Kar?shi) http://www.research.vt.edu/resmag/sciencecol/AFDC95.html Then, there's examples in the non-industrialized world like voodoo death. I've seen several life-threatening situations entirley from emotional stress.

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Psychosomatic symptoms are most often appearing as what?

Psychosomatic symptoms are most often appearing as what?

Many Possibilities: Psychosomatic symptoms can occur with any part of the body or any organ system. However, the most comon have to do with the GI tract and headaches.

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Can any doc tell me what's psychosomatic medicine prescribed for?

Can any doc tell me what's psychosomatic medicine prescribed for?

Psychsomatic : Psychosomatic medicine is a abpn accredited sub specialty in psychiatry that deals with the management of psychiatric issues in the medically ill population - there are several special interest groups within the specialty such as transplant psychiatry , reproductive psychiatry , neuropsychiatry , HIV psychiatry etc.

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I have health anxiety and after 4 months of medication my psychosomatic symptoms seemed to mostly go away but they're back for almost a week. why?

I have health anxiety and after 4 months of medication my psychosomatic symptoms seemed to mostly go away but they're back for almost a week. why?

Not sure.: Are you premenstrual or having your period? Are there new stressors/ triggers coming up? Are you touching on an anxiety inducing issue in therapy? If you aren't in some form of talking therapy - strongly recommend that. Take care.

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Can I have a psychosomatic pain? I'm afraid of having a thrombosis after seeing a documentary about this and now my leg hurts.

Can I have a psychosomatic pain? I'm afraid of having a thrombosis after seeing a documentary about this and now my leg hurts.

Psychosomatic pain: is possible,especially after seeing a show about thrombosis. Please see your doc to rule out medical conditions and consider seeing a mental health professional if you are prone to anxiety or phobias. Peace and good health.

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Left face hurts if I google pain and think about it. I also check it constantly even without thinking, MRI reveals nothing. could be Psychosomatic?

Left face hurts if I google pain and think about it.  I also check it constantly even without thinking, MRI reveals nothing.  could be Psychosomatic?

Yes, an anxiety: disorder is a possibility, as is OCD. Continue to see your doc so that medical conditions are ruled out. See a clinical psychologist to learn to manage anxiety. When we feel out of control we do rituals such as checking left face. The reality is we have minimal control in life. Peace and good health.

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Sane/stable/happy on bipolar meds. Mentally great, but doc suspects physical symptoms psychosomatic. How 2 address mental-physical stuff like pain, rectal blood, fevers? Not eager to change psych meds

Sane/stable/happy on bipolar meds. Mentally great, but doc suspects physical symptoms psychosomatic. How 2 address mental-physical stuff like pain, rectal blood, fevers? Not eager to change psych meds

Talk Therapy: First, congratulations on getting the right meds and sticking to them! it always makes me happy to hear about people with bipolar doing well. You don't mention that you are in therapy. Talk to your psychiatrist. If your symptoms are psychosomatic they can usually be treated with talk therapy. Best wishes and good luck.

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Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

Symptoms: heart sinking, nrrvousness anxiety loss of gocus panic attacks depression restless leg syndrome psychosomatic pain anger. Meds advice.

See a psychiatrist: This is a complex problem, and you need a good evaluation before any medications are prescribed. Please see an experienced psychiatrist for this evaluation, and allow him or her to make treatment suggestions for you.

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What is psychosomatic?

Mind/Body: It usually refers to the relationship and interaction of psychological things with physical things within a person and vice versa.

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Is the psychosomatic real?

Is the psychosomatic real?

Psycho means: thoughts/emotions. Soma (carisoprodol) means body. Yes, the mind profoundly influences the body. It can raise or lower blood pressure, heart rate, change our bio-chemistry, etc. It can work in positive or negative ways. Search "mind body medicine" on the net for more info. Peace and good health.

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How long dos psychosomatic last ?

How long dos psychosomatic last ?

Depends: Psychosomatic refers to the experience of physical symptoms due to activity in your brain (not in the rest of your body). There are many reasons for experiencing psychosomatic symptoms, so how long it lasts depends on what the cause is and whether you get treatment for that. Sometimes the symptoms can last a long time, sometimes very little time.

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Help please? What is psychosomatic medicine?

Help please? What is psychosomatic medicine?

Psychosomatic Med.: Psychosomatic medicine is an interdisciplinary medical field studying the relationships of social, psychological, and behavioral factors on bodily processes and quality of life in humans and animals. The academic modern field of behavioral medicine and a part of the practice of consultation-liaison psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine integrates interdisciplinary evaluation ; psychosomatic medicine.

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What is an example of a psychosomatic illness?

What is an example of a psychosomatic illness?

Stress headache: Psychosomatic illnesses are physical complaints caused by (conscious) psychological stress. Examples: headache due to anxiety, backache due to anger, stomachache due to depressed mood.