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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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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