Category: Somatic Symptom Disorders

The Concept of Pathoplasticity

Pathoplasticity Regardless of what illness or injury we have incurred, no two of us appear to respond the same to almost identical situations. This is the concept of pathoplasticity. When we have the flu, or a sprained ankle, or a bruised knee, we have different levels of alarm, concern, expectancy and different ways of responding, …

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Hysterical Patients

Hysterical (histrionic) The term hysterical comes from hysterus (implying “wandering uterus”) since the earliest observations of these patients was that their complaints migrated from one site to another. Fix one thing and up crops another. It has been referred to as conversion disorder often concurrent with histrionic personality disorder. Such patients are uncomfortable when they …

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satisfaction

Satisfaction

Satisfaction for patient and provider: A survey in 2013 reported that: “An alarming 70% of those surveyed in a recent …
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checkers

Checkers

Checkers vs. Chess: “It may be difficult to trace the origins of healthcare becoming a competitive sport where doctors …
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Partial Malingering

A patient can have a valid disorder yet still be malingering (falsifying complaints for purposes of tangible gain). Malingering …
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