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What's the somatoform disorder?

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

Dr. Arnold Licht
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Somatoform Disorder (Definition)

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


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of rickets disease in children?

What are the symptoms of rickets disease in children?

Multiple symptoms: May include the following: leg, spine and/or hip pain, poor growth, bowed legs, protruding breast bone, muscle pain, delayed walking or refusal to walk, thickened wrists/ankles, bumps along the ribs. ...Read more

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Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

Is Lyme disease more serious in children?

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

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How common is celiac disease in children?

How common is celiac disease in children?

Maybe 1% (1 in 100): Celiac disease affects about 1 in 100 people, to about 1 in 150 people. The exact numbers are not certain, but it affects a little less than 1% of the population. ...Read more

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How common are eating disorders in children?

How common are eating disorders in children?

Eating disorders: Quite common but under-reported. More so in kids with history of family discord or abuse history. ...Read more

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Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Frequency of huntington's disease in their children?

Autosomal dominant: transmission means that each child of a parent with documented Huntington's Disease has a 50% chance of inheriting the mutant gene on Chromosome 4p16. Guidelines for predictive testing are on http://www. Hdfoundation. Org/html/hdsatest. Php. ...Read more

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What are some immune disorders children are born with?

What are some immune disorders children are born with?

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

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Can my children get celliac disease if a parent has it?

Can my children get celliac disease if a parent has it?

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

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What sort of disorders can be spread among children in school?

What sort of disorders can be spread among children in school?

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