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Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Boyfriend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?

Supportive?: It sounds like ur already being very supportive. Until medical concerns r ruled out, don't dismiss them. It sounds like ur bf, if he does suffer from hypochondriasis, would benefit from treatment with a psychotherapist & psych MD. Medications like SSRIs can be helpful. Psychotherapy to understand normal bodily sensations as such, & to decrease overall anx helps. Perhaps offer to go with him? ...Read more

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Hi docs, my friend showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive?

Tread carefully: Educate yourself. Look up these conditions to understand the person isn't "faking" it; there are psychological dimensions. Check in on your own level of frustration, try to be reassuring without being overly optimistic, avoid challenging denial or irrational beliefs, encourage appropriate use of doctors and mental health referrals, and avoid becoming burned out or overly involved, yourself. ...Read more

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What's the somatoform disorder?

It is real, but.....: A group of disorders characterized by physical symptoms suggesting a medical disorder, however these symptoms  cannot be fully explained by a medical disorder, substance use, or another mental disorder. ...Read more

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What is somatoform disorder from?

What is somatoform disorder from?

Somatoform Disorder: A somatoform disorder = the presence of physical symptoms that suggest a general medical condition ("somatoform") but aren't fully explained by a general medical condition, the direct effects of a substance, or another mental disorder. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other functional areas. Several different types & possible antecedents. ...Read more

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How does one know if somatoform disorder?

Somatoform: After careful assessment by your psychiatrist, he/she. Will confront you. ...Read more

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What is the rootcause of somatoform disorder?

What is the rootcause of somatoform disorder?

Not defined yet: Somatoform disorder is not just one illness, but a category of several types that are linked by having physical symptoms suggesting a general medical condition -- but aren't fully explained by a general medical condition, the direct effects of a substance, or by another mental disorder like panic or other anxiety disorder. The "root cause" has not been determined, and it may differ in each type. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: somatoform disorder?

Unconscious Conflict: Somatoform disorders are a group of conditions wherein individuals unconsciously manifest psychological &/or physical symptoms typically in the setting of an underlying conflict (usually outside their conscious awareness). These conditions include, but are not limited to, conversion disorders, somatization disorder, pain disorder, etc. It is important to avoid iatrogenic injury in these individual. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for somatoform disorder?

What is the treatment for somatoform disorder?

Somatoform Disorder: Research has shown cognitive behavioral therapy to be the most effective treatment for somatoform disorders. These patients often interpret physical sensations as signs of dire illness, and become very anxious. Cbt can help the person reframe these experiences so that health concerns normalize. A consultation letter to the primary care physician may help also. Use of antidepressants is inconclusive. ...Read more

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Can allergies be part of somatoform disorder?

Can allergies be part of somatoform disorder?

Loaded question: It would be unusual for allergies to present as a somatoform disorder. ...Read more

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How can you treat schizophrenia and somatoform disorder?

How can you treat schizophrenia and somatoform disorder?

Differences: The treatments used for these disorders are different. For schizophrenia the main treatment is antipsychotic medication. The most effective treatment for somatoform disorder is cognitive behavioral therapy. ...Read more

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Can somatoform disorder cause balance trouble vision trouble an stiff muscles ect. Every day for yrs?

Yes: Somatoform Disorder is defined as a person's emotional state or emotional conflicts being manifest in physical symptoms. Therefore, anything physical including the symptoms you mention could be a result of this problem. The best way to be sure is to consult with your primary care physician. ...Read more

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What's the difference between somatoform disorder and anxiety disorder? How does a dr distinguish which a patient has?

Somatoform no more: The designation "somatoform disorders" has been changed in the new dsm 5 to "somatic symptom and related disorders." it's a group of disorders sharing prominent somatic symptoms associated with significant distress and impairment. Illness anxiety d/o (hypochondriasis), conversion d/o, etc are included. Anxiety d/o's focus on features of excessive fear and anxiety ; their behavioral disturbances. ...Read more

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Is bipolar disorder and somatoform disorder the same?

Is bipolar disorder and somatoform disorder the same?

No: Bipolar disorder refers to mood swings, while somatoform disorder refers to emotional conflict manifesting itself in physical symptoms. ...Read more

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Possible for allergies be part of psychiatric somatization / somatoform disorder?

Possible for allergies be part of psychiatric somatization / somatoform disorder?

Possible: Its possible. It depends on what the symptoms are and what the allergy testing showed. ...Read more

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Is somatoform disorder an out for drs. That cant seem to find the problem. ..like headaches, an chronic fatigue or m.s. things that cant be?

Somatoform Disorder: Somatoform disorders were traditionally defined as mental illnesses that cause bodily symptoms, such as pain. This defiinition represents an increasingly outdated perspective on pain syndromes and suggests little understanding of the emerging evidence in support of the body-mind connection. Emotional stress is often the cause of physical maladies, regardless of what tests may or may not show. ...Read more

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Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

Do people with somatization or undifferentiated somatoform disorder's experience symptoms during sleep? Is it typical for a patient diagnosed with a somatoform disorder to experience symptoms of autonomic dysfunction while sleeping? The sleeping symptoms

I: I also don't think it is typical for autonomic dysfunction to occur in people with somatoform disorders during sleep. It does happen; part of differential diagnoses and workup for somatoform disorders include screening for adrenal problems which are a source of adrenaline, heart problems like atrial fibrillation. It's been said that patients with these mental health conditions have high autonomic arousal. ...Read more

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Could anxiety or possibly a somatiform issue cause fasciculations all over, flank, ab + migrating joint pain and burning and buzzing/vibrating feelings in diff parts of body? I'm bipolar II w/ibs.

Could anxiety or possibly a somatiform issue cause fasciculations all over, flank, ab + migrating joint pain and burning and buzzing/vibrating feelings in diff parts of body? I'm bipolar II w/ibs.

Possibly: But - medical causes need to be ruled in or out. One can not assume that problems are psychiatric in nature without thorough medical assessment. ...Read more

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Gi workup=no ibd/celiac. Pain, bloody stool, fevers persist. Fingers clubbing. Bipolar ii; 2 yr sober; mentally doing great, but could physical problems be somatiform disorder? Sick of feeling sick.

Gi workup=no ibd/celiac. Pain, bloody stool, fevers persist. Fingers clubbing. Bipolar ii; 2 yr sober; mentally doing great, but could physical problems be somatiform disorder? Sick of feeling sick.

Unlikely but...: Possibly, but just because your docs haven't found the cause does not mean it's all in your head. It's not unusual for docs to have difficulty finding the cause of GI problems. You may well have food sensitivities (most with gluten sensitivity don't have celiac) ;/or parasites- common ; not easy to diagnose. You might have overgrowth of unfriendly flora- again hard to diagnose. See my comment:. ...Read more

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My sone is showing signs of misseles should I panic?

My sone is showing signs of misseles should I panic?

Go to urgent care/ER: Measles is a highly infectious disease. Was your son vaccinated? Take him to urgent care or emergency room to be evaluated by a physician. Http://www. Nlm. Nih. Gov/medlineplus/measles. Html ...Read more

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Was taught that showing emotion was a sign of weakness. I have finally found it is not. How do I apologize to exes for being that way?

Was taught that showing emotion was a sign of weakness. I have finally found it is not. How do I apologize to exes for being that way?

Sincerely: Make sure that making the apology isn't going to cause harm (like negatively impacting their current relationship). Then hand write a letter or see them in person, maybe over coffee. Email won't cut it if you truly mean to make amends. And this is no time for "cc", "bcc" or posting on facebook.
If you want to make it right, do it in person and with feeling. ...Read more

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My baby ate expired rice ceral, should I be concerned? He isn't showing any signs of discomfort. I noticed the date after when looking thru the box.

My baby ate expired rice ceral, should I be concerned? He isn't showing any signs of discomfort. I noticed the date after when looking thru the box.

Unlikely: The expiration date on food products is more meaningful for taste and consistency (freshness?) than safety. As long as there was no bugs in it, it should be safe. ...Read more

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I'm 18, and showing signs of alzheimer's. How is this possible?

I'm 18, and showing signs of alzheimer's. How is this possible?

Consultation time: You need to get into see a physician & have a good evaluation done. There are many reasons your memory may be impaired & you don't have to go to think of all the bad things before you see if you have something going on that can be fixed. ...Read more

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What to do if I just had surgery and showing signs of fibromyalgia?

What to do if I just had surgery and showing signs of fibromyalgia?

Loss of muscle tone: My theory is that people who become sedentary and incapacitated lose global muscle tone, which potentiates them to greater expression of musculoskeletal instability leading to widespread chronic muscle spasms and trigger point development. They develop pain to palpation of motor points in spastic muscles. One solution is aquatherapy and regaining of muscle tone. ...Read more

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I am a teenager and I am showing signs of diabetes. How do I get tested?

I am a teenager and I am showing signs of diabetes. How do I get tested?

Screen for diabetes: There are a number of options here, but they need to be done by your doctor so they can order exactly what you need based on your symptoms. If there is concern about diabetes, a fasting blood sugar and/or a hgba1c to see how your blood sugars have been trending may be useful. But other things can lead to similar symptoms, so it's best you discuss all your symptoms with your doc to help decide. ...Read more

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How is it that my 14 year old sister is suddenly showing signs of dyslexia?

How is it that my 14 year old sister is suddenly showing signs of dyslexia?

Neurologist: This is not normal. She should see a neurologist because this is a neurological disorder. ...Read more

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I'm a female 19 years old and showing signs of ibc is this normal for my age?

I'm a female 19 years old and showing signs of ibc is this normal for my age?

IBC: If by ibc you mean inflammatory breast cancer, you are young for getting the disease. However see your doctor if there is any doubt of a problem. ...Read more

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Is it possible that a child, almost 3, suddenly start showing signs of autism?

Is it possible that a child, almost 3, suddenly start showing signs of autism?

Yes, possible: It is possible for a 3-year-old child to start showing signs of autism. Please get the child in to see his/her pediatrician. There are also child psychiatrists and behavioral pediatricians who can help too. ...Read more

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What do you advise if I'm showing signs and symptoms of gynocomastia please help?

What do you advise if I'm showing signs and symptoms of gynocomastia please help?

Time for a visit: First the reason for the problem should be sorted out. Some medications or medical problems can lead to this process and treatment may depend on the findings. If no treatable issues are involved, a cosmetic surgeon can remove any residual glandular tissue and or do liposuction to remove fat. ...Read more

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Girlfriend is pregnant all test came back negative but still showing signs what do we do?

Girlfriend is pregnant all test came back negative but still showing signs what do we do?

Clarify question: Not sure what you mean by "all test came back negative" and "signs". Please clarify what tests and signs you are talking about. ...Read more

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Is it possible to have a pimple for more than 2months without showing any sign of going away?

Is it possible to have a pimple for more than 2months without showing any sign of going away?

May need injection: If it is truly a pimple, you may need a steroid injection from your dermatologist to help the pimple to resolve. Another possibility is a cyst which will require medical help in order to get it to resolve. ...Read more

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How does one deal with an aging parent who is showing signs of abnormal behaviour / extreme obstinacy?

How does one deal with an aging parent who is showing signs of abnormal behaviour / extreme obstinacy?

Evaluation: Your parent should have an evaluation by a qualified physician. There could be many causes for such a decline and good treatments available. Good luck. ...Read more

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My friends and I were in a car wreck roughly 1 hour ago and I believe he has a concussion. He is showing multiple signs of one?

My friends and I were in a car wreck roughly 1 hour ago and I believe he has a concussion. He is showing multiple signs of one?

Concussion: Concussion is also called mild traumatic brain injury. It is a transient loss of brain function after injury, often with a loss of consciousness. Symptoms can include headache, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, cognitive changes or confusion, but no structural changes are seen in the brain on CT, MRI or at autopsy. Medical evaluation by an experienced physician or healthcare provider is recommended. ...Read more

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Aspergers syndrome. I feel my son is showing many signs of this condition. How do I go about getting a diagnosis (we are in uk).

Aspergers syndrome. I feel my son is showing many signs of this condition. How do I go about getting a diagnosis (we are in uk).

Please start: W/family doctor who may refer you to a clinical psychologist or neurologist. If that is indeed the case search around for programs that work with folks w/aspergers. Early intervention can be very helpful. Great plains laboratory in us but works world wide may be helpful w/info and testing. They very best to you. ...Read more

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Hi there, I took the plan b people a little over two weeks ago and I'm still showing signs of off and on spotting. Is this normal?

Hi there, I took the plan b people a little over two weeks ago and I'm still showing signs of off and on spotting. Is this normal?

Maybe ok: Plan B can alter the menstrual bleeding or spotting for the cycle in which Plan B was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because Plan B works most of the time, but not all the time. ...Read more

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I have a few cuts on me and they are all showing signs of mild infection. Could this be because I have been sick this last week? What can I do?

I have a few cuts on me and they are all showing signs of mild infection. Could this be because I have been sick this last week? What can I do?

Cuts: If your cuts are red and warm, please wash them with soap and water then apply a topical antibiotic ointment to the areas if they don't improve, you may need an oral antibiotic. Please visit your family physician for an antibiotic if the cuts don't feel better. ...Read more

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