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Examples Of Psychosomatic Disorders
"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
Autoimmune disease: Idiopathic thrombocytopenic purpura (itp) is an autoimmune disease. In this potentially life-threatening disorder self antibodies directed against platelets result in low levels of platelets in the blood. Platelets are necessary for effective blood clotting. People with itp can die from loss of blood after trauma of from a brain hemorrhage. Death is not a psychosomatic disease. ...Read more
Can a bruit in corotid artery be caused by a psychosomatic response, for example due to stress or anxiety?
No: Uh-uh. (on the other hand, a carotid bruit may be indicative of minor disease that is of no significance.). ...Read more
It depends: It is a little unusual for a 27 year old male to believe/know he has psychosomatic disorder but perhaps you have been given this diagnosis. In general it means physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors such as stress and anxiety. Some rashes, such as eczema, fall into this category. I do not believe stress/anxiety would cause an elevated white blood cell count. Good wishes:) ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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... ...Read more
Psychosomatic: "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 and general medical conditions. ...Read more
Real vs. Imagined?: "psychosomatic" means only that the mind and body influence each other -- not that illnesses aren't real. These are physical disorders in which both emotions and thought patterns seem to play a central role, and often develop when a person's disease-fighting ability is weakened from stress. After losing a spouse for instance, one could become hypertensive, have a heart attack, get ulcers, etc. ...Read more
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). ...Read more
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 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 cope with your physical distress. Good luck. ...Read more
Psychosomatic: Generally means a physical disease or symptoms that are caused by or made worse by mental factors. Lightheadedness is caused by inner ear problems, motion sickness, medication effects, circulation/blood pressure issues, dehydration and anxiety, among other causes. Because anxiety can make it worse, you might say there are psychosomatic factors, but dizziness is not usually considered psychosomatic ...Read more
Psychotherapy: Psychotherapy can be helpful to find out what the stress is that is affecting your body in such a way that you feel the psychosomatic pain. This is likely to be more of an exploratory therapy. Some therapists however have approached this problem from more of a cognitive behavioral therapy approach. Both are viable approaches. If the pain is a constant pain from psychological trauma, a hypnotic approach maybe of great benefit. I am sure that other nontraditional approaches such as acupuncture may also have their place in the treatment of this condition. Relaxation exercises, yoga, meditation, spirituality, and developing a strong social support network can all be great ways to help you cope. ...Read more
Yes, it can be: In a sense, all situations are "psychosomatic" because they involve mind, body, and emotions plus the rich interconnections between these (which are not really separate anyway.) your body responds physically to emotional stressors -- and some of these responses can be in the form of migraine headaches. This does not mean the migraines are imaginary -- only that all parts of you are responding. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Somatic Symptoms: The brain is a fascinating organ capable of self-awareness, spirituality, imagination, and the ability to learn. It is so powerful that it can take an emotional state and create real somatic or physical sensations. The butterflies in your stomach or tremor in your hand when anxious, heavy sluggish muscles when depressed are a few examples. But that same brain can be used in therapy to get better. ...Read more
Chronic Pain: It is very difficult to differentiate musculoskeletal, neuropathic or psychogenic pain because they manifest similarly and they affect the same system. The association with certain lesions in the spine, with chronic diseases like diabetes, herpes infection or cancer may indicate the diagnoses, or the presence of post-traumatic stress disorder could be diagnostic as well. Work with your doctor. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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've heard health anxiety (hypochondria) is psychosomatic. What does this mean? What does psychosomatic mean?
Psychosomatic: Psychosomatic is a word that continues to evolve over time. It commonly refers to the exacerbation (or cause) of a physical dysfunction by the psyche. However, in practice, It really refers to the interaction that occurs (in both directions) between the mind and body in physical illnesses. Hope that helps! ...Read more
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