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Somatoform Disorder In Children
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
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 ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Someone I know showing signs of a somatoform disorder, probably serious hypochondriasis-- how to be supportive, what to do?
Encourage evaluation: Hypochondriasis and somatoform disorder are NOT same disorders. ...Read more
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
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
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
Possible: Its possible. It depends on what the symptoms are and what the allergy testing showed. ...Read more
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
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
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
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
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
Progeria: Little is known about it.Get a more detailed answer ›
Not necessarily: Lyme is a complex illness. Some who have it become quite ill, while others have mild symptoms. This depends on the strain of lyme bacteria, genetics of the patient, presence of co-infections like babesia & bartonella & factors that affect immune function like nutrition, parasites, heavy metals, mold exposure & stress.Thus, like adults, some children become quite ill but others have minimal symptoms. ...Read more
Immune disorders: Children may be born with immune disorders that affects white blood cell line or immunoglobulins. Based on the kind of deficit the child is not able to fight bacterial / viral/ parasitic infections. Some children have severe combined immunodefiency that affects all cell types. HIV is acquired immunodeficiency. ...Read more
Increased Risk: Incidence of celiac sprue in this country is around 1/130. The niddk has a website for more info, first degree relatives of celiac patients are at much higher risk for developing it. Http://digestive. Niddk. Nih. Gov/ddiseases/pubs/celiac/. ...Read more
Infestor vs infector: School kids oft have a relaxed pattern of personal hygene & well developed pattern of sharing. Things that infest (lice/pinworms/scabies mite) are all possibilities for school transmition. Things that infect (bacteria/virus/fungus/etc) are also spread in this close and relaxed environment. As they age & acquire better self monitoring & hygene, the infestors are less prominent. ...Read more