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Dr. Arnold Licht
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Somatoform Disorder (Overview)

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.


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How does one know if somatoform disorder?

How does one know if somatoform disorder?

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

Dr. Arnold Licht
22 doctors shared insights

Somatoform Disorder (Overview)

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.


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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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Treating Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (Checklist)

See a psychiatrist
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Engage in cognitive behavioral therapy
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Make sure OCD is not a possible side effects of your medications
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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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I've physical symptomps,and there is no physical cause,had a chest ct, gastroscope and manometry.is it somatoform disorder ? 2-what is treatment(meds)

I've physical symptomps,and there is no physical cause,had a chest ct, gastroscope and manometry.is it somatoform disorder ? 2-what is treatment(meds)

Being Anxious: You have an anxiety disorder. Your body believes it is in trouble when it is really the way you are not managing the stress in your life in healthy ways. You holding your chest too tight, not breathing in deep relaxed ways and then letting the signals from your chest to make you more anxious. Pills will not solve this problem ( I feel you are on way too many as it is). ...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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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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Living with Borderline Personality Disorder (Checklist)

Maintain cognitive therapy for supportive feedback
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Exercise to reduce stress and increase endorphins
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Avoid alcohol to reduce anxiety and depression
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Whats 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