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Doctor insights on: How To Cure My Somatization Due To Anxiety

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Anxiety (Definition)

Anxiety is a general term for several disorders that cause nervousness, fear, apprehension, and worrying. These disorders affect how we feel and behave, and they can manifest real physical symptoms. Mild anxiety is vague and unsettling, while severe anxiety can be extremely debilitating, having a serious ...Read more


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How to cure my somatization due to anxiety?

How to cure my somatization due to anxiety?

Counseling: Need for medication will depend on your symptoms, certainly, counseling is more effective when combined with medical therapy as well. Bu it is a very goos first step. ...Read more

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What is somatization disorder?

See below: A history of many physical complaints beginning before age 30 years that occur over a period of several years and result in treatment being sought or significant impairment of functioning. ...Read more

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How should you treat a somatization disorder?

How should you treat a somatization disorder?

Collaborative care: People with somatization disorders need care from a solid, patient primary care physician who will listen to their complaints, check for general medical issues, but not expose to unecessary testing. Also they need a caring psychiatrist who can help with anxiety & depression. A psychotherapist can also help them by working with certain emotional and cognitive skills. Teamwork for best result. ...Read more

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Does somatization disorder require hospitalization?

Does somatization disorder require hospitalization?

Not usually: People with somatization disorder don't usually need to be hospitalized unless associated conditions, such as depression, become severe enough to require it. Somatization disorder does cause a lot of suffering, but people with it are generally helped most through outpatient interventions. ...Read more

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What does it mean if I was diagnosed with somatization disorder?

What does it mean if I was diagnosed with somatization disorder?

Somatization...: ..disorder used to be called hysteria. It's characterized by a bewildering array of recurring somatic symptoms, especially dizziness (that's a biggie). pain, gastrointestinal distress, sexual problems, shortness of breath, pseudoneurological symptoms such as amnesia, & on & on without end. Assuming all organic causes are ruled out, it's a psychiatric disorder & should be treated as such. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: conversion and somatization disorders?

See below: Somatization disorder is a tendency to experience physical symptoms that result from underlying psychological problems. Conversion disorder is similar, but refers to a single symptom. A very high percentage of conversion disorder diagnosis is eventually found to be from a physical diagnosis that could not be identified at the time. ...Read more

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What is the difference between somatization disorder and hypochondria?

What is the difference between somatization disorder and hypochondria?

Complex: Somatization d/o -- many physical complaints beginning before age 30, and occurring over several years, resulting in treatment being sought or significant impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. 4 pain symptoms; 2 gi; 1 sexual; 1 neurological. Hypochondriasis -- fear of, or preoccupation with, having serious medical condition despite negative medical tests. ...Read more

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Could somatization disorder create memory problems?

Could somatization disorder create memory problems?

It is theoretically: Possible for somatization disorder to create functional memory problems. If the focus of concern or attention is the brain or memory one can begin feeling like there is something wrong there. Please consult your doc to rule out other possibilities. ...Read more

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What axis (for psychiatric illnesses) is somatization disorders on?

What axis (for psychiatric illnesses) is somatization disorders on?

Axis I: Axis i is for reporting all the various clinical disorders or other conditions that may be a focus of clinical attention except for personality disorders and mental retardation (which are reported on axis ii). Somatization disorder is a type of somatoform disorder. ...Read more

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