Somatoform Disorders - Grand Haven Area Public Schools
... imagined defects in appearance. (See CNN video
on new biological evidence)
• Hypochondriasis – Preoccupation with imagined
diseases based on the person’s misinterpretation of
bodily symptoms or functions.
– The person does suffer and believes they are sick but it
is all in their head.
... – See CNN video on new biological evidence – 2 min.
– See the Many Faces of Michael Jackson (40 sec.)
clinical perspectives on psychological disorders.
... fake their symptoms ? Why or why not
• Take a moment and pretend that you are in those patients
shoes, haveing symptoms that no one can explain? How
would you feel and would you believe that its all in your
Dissociative and conversion disorders
... • from Aretaeus the Cappadocian
Hippocratic writer of the second century
“In the middle of the flanks of women lies the womb, a female viscus,
closely resembling an animal; for it is moved of itself hither and
thither in the flanks, also upwards in a direct line to below the
cartilage of the thorax ...
... Condition in which a person has
blindness paralysis or other nervous
system. System that cannot be explain
by medical evaluation
... • Hypochondriasis – Unrealistic preoccupation with the fear
that he or she has a serious disease.
– Minor physical symptoms are misinterpreted to be major diseases.
– The person does suffer and believes they are sick but it is all in
... symptoms to a psychological cause is not accepted by many
educated people in western cultures. It must emphasize the
genuineness of the condition, that it is common, potentially
reversible and does not mean that the sufferer is a "psycho".
Physiotherapy where appropriate;
Treatment of comorbid d ...
... but is not, blind, deaf, paralyzed or insensitive to pain in
various parts of the body.
– The person will not be able to move their arms, see, feel, etc.
but there is no biological cause
– The diagnosis of conversion disorder is rare, occurring in only
2% of the population
– Usually appears in adole ...
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
... cause a disruption in school, social, and
exact cause is unknown.
contributing factors are suspected to be
genetics, and family and social
... SOMATO DISORDER
... Mutism, Lost Sense of Touch, Lump in throat,
Seizures without EEG changes
PSY 111 Practice Quiz Psychological Disorders Answers will be
... (4) In a major depressive episode, 5 of the 9 symptoms must be occurring for at least
(a) 5 days.
(b) 2 weeks.
(c) 2 months.
(d) 1 year.
(5) When depressive symptoms are less severe and occur for period of 2 years or more,
this is called
(a) manic disorder.
(b) bipolar disorder.
(c) dissociative dis ...
conversion disorder: a case report
... The prompt identification of these patients, use of appropriate
and validated physical examination manoeuvres, and
coordination of care and information exchange between all
members of the care team may facilitate the expeditious
care of these patients in a cost effective manner. Early
themes incl ...
The Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
... • In DSM IV this type of disorder were defined
by physical symptoms with no know cause
• Labeled Somatoform because these symptoms
took the form of bodily (soma) complaints
• But it is next to impossible to decide whether
or not these complaints are biologically based
• Now Somatic Symptom disorder ...
... still common in practice.”
Common, perhaps. Well studied, no. There is still no consensus on how
conversion disorder should be classified, and not all physicians agree on
diagnostic criteria. The epidemiology is hazy; one commonly cited
statistic is that conversion disorder accounts for 1 percent to ...
The Environmental Science of Mood Disorders
... • Patients with multiple unexplained
• Patients excessively worried about
serious illness (hypochondriasis)
• Patients with psychiatric disorders with
somatic symptoms (depression;
A conversion disorder causes patients to suffer from neurological symptoms, such as numbness, blindness, paralysis, or fits without a definable organic cause. It is thought that symptoms arise in response to stressful situations affecting a patient's mental health. Conversion disorder is considered a psychiatric disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders fifth edition (DSM-5).Formerly known as ""hysteria"", the disorder has arguably been known for millennia, though it came to greatest prominence at the end of the 19th century, when the neurologists Jean-Martin Charcot, Sigmund Freud and psychologist Pierre Janet focused their studies on the subject. Before their studies, people with hysteria were often believed to be malingering. The term ""conversion"" has its origins in Freud's doctrine that anxiety is ""converted"" into physical symptoms. Though previously thought to have vanished from the west in the 20th century, some research has suggested it is as common as ever.The ICD-10 classifies conversion disorder as a dissociative disorder while the DSM-IV classifies it as a somatoform disorder.