Psychosomatic Disorder

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A psychosomatic disorder is defined as an illness which causes physical symptoms in the body but there is no physical disease. This disorder is thought to be caused by some mental factors such as stress or anxiety which cause physical syptoms. Psychosomatic disorders can have mild to severe effects on one’s normal routine of life. For example, neck pain may be caused by anxiety but no physical disease can be found<sup></sup>.'''<sup>[</sup><sup>1]</sup>''' Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatization or somatoform disorders'''.''' Depression can also be the factor for psychosomatic illness. Stress and depression can literally be expressed as pain and illness. These symptoms are due to increased activity of nerve impulses sent down from the brain to various parts of the body.  
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A psychosomatic disorder is defined as an illness which causes physical symptoms in the body but there is no physical disease. This disorder is thought to be caused by some mental factors such as stress or anxiety which cause physical syptoms. Psychosomatic disorders can have mild to severe effects on one’s normal routine of life. For example, neck pain may be caused by anxiety but no physical disease can be found<ref>http://centerforanxietydisorders.com</ref>.&nbsp;Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatization or somatoform disorders'''.''' Depression can also be the factor for psychosomatic illness. Stress and depression can literally be expressed as pain and illness. These symptoms are due to increased activity of nerve impulses sent down from the brain to various parts of the body.  
  
 
A common misconception is that a psychosomatic condition is imaginary or "all in someone's mind." Actually, the physical symptoms of psychosomatic conditions are real and should be treated quickly, as with any other illness.  
 
A common misconception is that a psychosomatic condition is imaginary or "all in someone's mind." Actually, the physical symptoms of psychosomatic conditions are real and should be treated quickly, as with any other illness.  
  
If one of your body systems is weakened, this is where a stress-related illness is most likely to develop. If your weakest point physically is your neck, you'll develop neck pains. Or back pain.<br>
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If one of your body systems is weakened, this is where a stress-related illness is most likely to develop. If your weakest point physically is your neck, you'll develop neck pains. Or back pain.<br>  
  
The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.
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The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.  
  
=== '''Causes of Psychosomatic Disorders&nbsp;''' ===
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=== '''Causes of Psychosomatic Disorders&nbsp;''' ===
  
The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors.<br>
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The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors.<br>  
  
The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.
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The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.  
  
The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors<sup>'''.[2]'''</sup>
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The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors<ref>https://www.disabled-world.com</ref>.
  
 
=== Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders  ===
 
=== Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders  ===
  
[[Cognitive Behavior Therapy|Cognitive Behavior Therapy]] (CBT) is often the treatment of choice for a psychosomatic disorder. This therapy helps patients learn new ways to cope with and solve their problems as they gain a deeper understanding of their condition or circumstances. Patients will also learn to set realistic life goals and identify and change behaviours or thoughts that have negative effects on their lives.'''<sup>[1]</sup>'''
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[[Cognitive Behavior Therapy|Cognitive Behavior Therapy]] (CBT) is often the treatment of choice for a psychosomatic disorder. This therapy helps patients learn new ways to cope with and solve their problems as they gain a deeper understanding of their condition or circumstances. Patients will also learn to set realistic life goals and identify and change behaviours or thoughts that have negative effects on their lives<ref>http://centerforanxietydisorders.com</ref>.
  
 
=== Controlled ways you can cope with include:  ===
 
=== Controlled ways you can cope with include:  ===
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*Doing something nice for others (if you're not accustomed to doing this) or taking some time just for you (if you are always sacrificing for everyone else).
 
*Doing something nice for others (if you're not accustomed to doing this) or taking some time just for you (if you are always sacrificing for everyone else).
  
The list is endless. Just vent that steam.<sup>'''<span style="font-size: 11.0667px;">[3]</span>'''</sup
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The list is endless. Just vent that steam<ref>https://www.verywellmind.com</ref>.
  
=== '''References''' ===
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=== '''References''' ===
1.&nbsp;http://centerforanxietydisorders.com
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2.https://www.disabled-world.com<br>
 
  
3.&nbsp;https://www.verywellmind.com
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Latest revision as of 19:38, 27 November 2018

A psychosomatic disorder is defined as an illness which causes physical symptoms in the body but there is no physical disease. This disorder is thought to be caused by some mental factors such as stress or anxiety which cause physical syptoms. Psychosomatic disorders can have mild to severe effects on one’s normal routine of life. For example, neck pain may be caused by anxiety but no physical disease can be found[1]. Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatization or somatoform disorders. Depression can also be the factor for psychosomatic illness. Stress and depression can literally be expressed as pain and illness. These symptoms are due to increased activity of nerve impulses sent down from the brain to various parts of the body.

A common misconception is that a psychosomatic condition is imaginary or "all in someone's mind." Actually, the physical symptoms of psychosomatic conditions are real and should be treated quickly, as with any other illness.

If one of your body systems is weakened, this is where a stress-related illness is most likely to develop. If your weakest point physically is your neck, you'll develop neck pains. Or back pain.

The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.

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Causes of Psychosomatic Disorders 

The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors.

The exact way a person's mind may cause certain additional symptoms remains unclear. How a person's mind can affect actual physical diseases is not known with certainty. It might have something to do with nervous impulses going to the person's body, which is not fully understood. There is some evidence the brain might have the ability to affect certain cells of the immune system, something involved in various physical diseases.

The exact cause of somatoform disorders is something that is not completely understood. Somatoform disorders are believed to be, 'familial,' meaning genetics might play a role. Somatoform disorders may also be triggered by strong emotions such as anxiety, trauma, grief, depression, stress, guilt or anger. People who experience somatoform disorders generally will not recognize the role these emotions play in their physical symptoms. They are not; however, intentionally producing the physical symptoms, or making up their physical issues. Their physical symptoms are real, yet are caused by psychological factors[2].

Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is often the treatment of choice for a psychosomatic disorder. This therapy helps patients learn new ways to cope with and solve their problems as they gain a deeper understanding of their condition or circumstances. Patients will also learn to set realistic life goals and identify and change behaviours or thoughts that have negative effects on their lives[3].

Controlled ways you can cope with include:

The list is endless. Just vent that steam[4].

References

  1. http://centerforanxietydisorders.com
  2. https://www.disabled-world.com
  3. http://centerforanxietydisorders.com
  4. https://www.verywellmind.com
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