Category: Somatic Symptom Disorders

Hysteria for the Masses

  Hysteria as a Concept “When there are motor symptoms, sensory symptoms or neurological symptoms that cannot be fully explained by physical findings, the symptoms compromise a “conversion disorder.” When they occur in a warehouse, school or company setting, with many people have similar, inexplicable symptoms, it is referred to as “mass hysteria.” When symptoms …

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Differential Diagnosis – Symptoms – Part III

Somatic Symptoms There are four causes for physical complaints or symptoms not explained by clinical findings: Somatic Symptom Disorders Psychosonatic Disorders Factitious Disorders Malingering Let’s deal with ( c ) and ( d ) first: Factitious disorders arise when a patient emulates physical complaints because he/she enjoys the role of the patient and will run …

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Factitious vs. Fictitious

What is factitious disorder? First let us address what it is not: Factitious disorders are not malingering (wherein the individual is falsifying symptoms in order to receive tangible gain such as financial remuneration). Malingering is not a mental disorder, and the malingering individual is aware of, and has control over, the goals being sought. The …

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"Mind and Body"

It was once believed that individuals were prone to develop anxiety problems due to problems early in life, those that were also believed to be responsible for the later development of personality disorders. We now believe that a biological/brain pathway involving a specific neurosteroid called “allopregnanolone” effects how fear is managed. With blood levels of …

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"Mind and Body"

It was once believed that individuals were prone to develop anxiety problems due to problems early in life, those that were also believed to be responsible for the later development of personality disorders. We now believe that a biological/brain pathway involving a specific neurosteroid called “allopregnanolone” effects how fear is managed. With blood levels of …

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Feeling Their Pain

Feeling the misery of others is a dubious task. Many patients feel that none of their friends, family or prior co-workers appreciate the extent …
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Onset

Sleep Onset and Sleep Maintenance We do know that psychological disorders are comorbid (occur together) with sleep disorders. …
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The Mill

The Mill: I had a patient with a persistent headache and dizziness. He told his friend, a gastroenterologist, about the symptoms. …
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