Somatoform and dissociative disorders

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Somatoform and dissociative disorders Somatoform disorders: hypochondriasis, somatization, conversion, BDD o Definition – physical sx and or pathological concern with appearance or bodily functioning without any physical basis (no identifiable medical explanation) Psychological problems in physical forms Sx are not under voluntary control o Conversion disorder Clinical description – physical malfunctioning without organic pathology to account for it Paralysis (loss of use of arm or leg), blindness (experience is that one cannot see anything – yet they navigate without running into things), mutism, numbness these patients often see physicians or neurologists first and feel very offended when they check out fine Often preceeded by intense stress Sx can disappear and then reappear after another stress Prevalence is about 1% More women than men Related disorders/issues Physical disorder o Physical exam – misdiagnose of conversion disorder about
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This note was uploaded on 11/27/2011 for the course PSYC 245 taught by Professor Snyder during the Spring '08 term at UNC.

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