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  Psychosomatic illness - WrongDiagnosis.com
A psychosomatic illness, now more commonly referred to psychophysiologic disorders, is an illness whose symptoms are caused by mental processes of the sufferer rather than immediate physiological causes.
Very often, psychosomatic illness is caused by external factors or players.
Severe stress caused by factors in work, relationship, family are known to cause bowel illness, stomach, headache, incontinence, loss of hair, dehydration due to the aggression suffered or lack of respect for the rights of the human being.
www.wrongdiagnosis.com /p/psychosomatic_illness/intro.htm   (464 words)

  
 Health and Sickness in Types   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Psychosomatic diseases are psychological diseases that manifest as somatic ones.
The distinguishing characteristic of a psychosomatic illness is the absence of physical reasons in diagnostic tests and the persistence of the symptoms for at least a month.
Somatic illnesses are generally, and not only unconsciously, considered as more "respectable" than psychic ones and patients put up less resistance in accepting a diagnosis-not so in cases of psychosomatic illness.
www.ideodynamic.com /enneagram-monthly/2002/EM_0206_a1.htm   (3279 words)

  
 Gastrointestinal Disorders of Psychogenic Origin
In this section "psychosomatic disability" means an illness in which physical symptoms are predominant clinically and the patient complains primarily of physical rather than mental discomfort, but the cause of the illness is emotional conflict, not organic disease.
Psychosomatic illness is a neurotic illness and should be treated as such.
In psychosomatic illness physiologic changes are set up in an organ by autonomic nerve impulses, generated as a result of emotional conflict or tension.
history.amedd.army.mil /booksdocs/wwii/combatphsych/section2_4.htm   (6435 words)

  
 Blurtit - What is a psychosomatic illness?
Traditionally it was felt that a psychosomatic illness was one which was purely 'in the mind' and did not actually exist.
However, recently, doctors have begun to understand that a psychsomatic illness is one where the body is affected by the mind, so the mind may cause the disease, but the physical symptoms are real.
This is a mental illness, not a psychosomatic illness.
www.blurtit.com /q478257.html   (152 words)

  
 HYPNOSIS AND HEALING with Kevin Hogan
The emotional impact of most psychosomatic illnesses can be lessened in most cases by a competent hypnotherapist and the contact with the group can be lessened as the emotional impact is lessened unless there is a specific benefit that is encouraging healing for the client.
If a client is made out to be ill with a psychosomatic illness and is in fact suffering from a pathological illness or disease (cancer for example) the client will get worse in all likelihood if he is mis-handled by the therapist.
Once a general intellectual understanding of the cause of his illness is intact, then it is even more important for the client to accomplish the true cognition of the specific cause of his illness versus the illnesses held by others with like symptoms.
www.kevinhogan.com /kevin5.htm   (1385 words)

  
 HYPNOSIS AND HEALING with Kevin Hogan
Illness that are psychosomatic in nature most often are predictable with this formula:
Common psychosomatic illness seen at the dawn of the 21st century include panic attacks, anxiety disorders, depression, environmental illness and a host of symptoms with no apparent pathology.
The individual's cause of illness is in the unconscious mind and not the conscious mind.
www.kevinhogan.com /kevin3.htm   (1072 words)

  
 Hypnosis in Psychosomatic Medicine
In the 20th century and especially after 1940, a group of illnesses was identified as "psychosomatic" in response to widespread observations that the patient's emotional state had clear repercussions on the manifestations of the disease.
The field of psychosomatic medicine is especially fascinating because it directly opens theoretical doors to issues concerning the relationship of the body to the mind.
Alexander (1934) stated that psychosomatic illnesses were mediated only through the autonomic nervous system--by definition--and that, in contrast to conversion hysteria, did not have specific symbolic meanings; rather, he felt they derived from chronic psychological states connected to unconscious drives in the context of constitutional predisposing factors.
www.triroc.com /sunnen/topics/psychosomatic.htm   (2917 words)

  
 Psychosomatic Illness: A guide to Psychosomatic Disorder
Psychosomatic or Somatoform disorders are among the most common psychiatric disorders found in general practice.
Psychosomatic disorder is mainly used to mean a physical disease which is thought to be caused, or made worse, by mental factors.
Some people also use the term psychosomatic disorder when mental factors cause physical symptoms, but where there is no physical disease.
www.depression-guide.com /psychosomatic-disorder.htm   (643 words)

  
 Individual and Marital Adjustment in Married Couples with Breast Cancer
Patients do benefit from attributing the cause of illness to some external factors or even to their own behavior, such as a poor diet.
It is well to remember that there are simply no data that consistently show a causal relation between personality factors and illness, the Greeks and all mid-century physicians and mental health professionals notwithstanding.
Husbands of this type may regard illness as due to moral fault and tend to blame and control.
healthlink.mcw.edu /article/925750281.html   (1040 words)

  
 From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era. by Cynthia R. Comacchio   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Professor Shorter examines psychosomatic illnesses in their modern variations as they have developed from the eighteenth century to the `postmodern' pre-sent.
His explanation for shifting paradigms in illness and diagnosis, in patients' presentation of symptoms and physicians' corresponding assessment and care, is fundamentally cultural.
Also, the cultural basis of our current crop of psychosomatic illnesses is two-fold: the loss of medical authority and the breakdown of the family.
www.utpjournals.com /product/chr/744/fatigue4.html   (1223 words)

  
 Forum on Fatigue and Anemia: 'Psychosomatic' is a doctor's way of saying 'I Dunno'.
Doctors don't want to tell a patient that they don't have the answers to their problems, so they diagnose your illness as 'psychosomatic' after trying out a couple of other things.
Every doctor seems to be ready with their "psychosomatic" diagnosis, ready to whip it out of their back pocket once they start to worry that they can't fix you properly.
Psychosomatic illness involves both the mind and the body ("psycho" and "somatic").
www.thebody.com /Forums/AIDS/Fatigue/Current/Q174113.html   (746 words)

  
 Traditional Medical Systems and Cultural Conceptions of Psychopathology: Psychosomatic factors
In the West, illness that cannot be classified as organic is labelled functional, often implying psychosomatic involvement, a concept still somewhat stigmatised (Hammer, 1990) and tentatively associated with hypochondria.
A misunderstood theme in western psychosomatic medicine is that emergence of physical dysfunction in the presence of a psychological stress is a hallmark of psychological weakness.
Even psychosomatic medicine fails to overcome this dualism by implying that "it is all in the mind," preserving the mind (psyche) and body (soma) duality (Turner, 1992 in Williams and Bendelow, 1996).
www.littletree.com.au /chinesemed5.html   (1051 words)

  
 Psychosomatic illness - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Psychosomatic illness should not be confused with somatopsychic illness.
Somatopsychic illness is an illness where the mental and psychological processes of the sufferer are affected by physiological causes.
Anorexia nervosa and bulimia nervosa, for example, are usually considered to be psychosomatic illnesses, although there is a growing body of evidence for a physiological explanation for anorexic behaviours.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Psychosomatic_illness   (476 words)

  
 indianexpress.com :: Psychosomatic illness gets short shrift in India   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Psychosomatic illness is fast becoming a separate field of medical science.
Psychosomatic illnesses are disorders that are rooted in psychlogical disturbance and distress in day to day life, vis-a-vis personal, family or work.
The commonest form of the psychosomatic illness is gastric ulcers, which can be traced to stress.
www.indianexpress.com /printerFriendly/1993.html   (312 words)

  
 Psychosomatic Illness - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Psychosomatic Illness - Search Results - MSN Encarta
Psychosomatic Illness, illness that has no basic physical or organic cause but appears to be the result of psychological conditions, such as stress,...
Colonialism: These diseases that people get in India,…, Death And Dying: Death is psychosomatic., Doctors: One of the first duties…, Doubt: Worry...
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 www.similima.com - virtual medical world of postgraduate homoeopaths
Psychological conflict that significantly alters somatic function is the hallmark of the psychosomatic disorder.
Preoccupation with a fear of having serious illness and somatisation disorder, use of multiple somatic disturbance as a means of assuaging inner tension are also somatoform disorders.
Physician should be alert for indications of psychosomatic illness in parents with which children may unconsciously identify, successful treatment of parental illness may be necessary to ensure a favorable outcome in the child.
www.similima.com /pm12.html   (1946 words)

  
 Psychosomatic Reading
This definition of the process leading to psychosomatic disorders is a necessary first step toward the ultimate goal of formulating the means of prevention.
In psychosomatic disorders a subtle change in an individual's mental or physical function can be amplified by other physical or mental factors.
In approaching psychosomatic illness or health, it is assumed that a subtle mental or physical factor may have been the precipitating event, but after that event has occurred, the entire system is affected and must be treated as a whole to restore equilibrium and health.
home.earthlink.net /~griesinger/rillness.htm   (1907 words)

  
 Edward Shorter interview - From Paralysis to Fatigue
While exploring the history of psychosomatic illness, Shorter looks at how the symptoms have changed over time and at the forces behind those changes.
His thesis is that psychosomatic symptoms change with the culture--meaning, among other things, that they evolve to match the prevailing medical diagnoses of the day.
Psychosomatic symptoms didn't disappear, however -- they simply changed with the times.
www.stayfreemagazine.org /archives/21/edward_shorter.html   (2912 words)

  
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Psychosomatic disorders such as tinnitus, acute hearing loss, attacks of dizziness, globus syndrome, dysphagias, voice disorders and many more are quite common in ear, nose and throat medicine.
Psychosomatic medicine is the type of pathology which believes that psychological processes play a significant part in the emergence of physical troubles.
Whether inpatient psychosomatic treatment (hospital treatment) or inpatient psychosomatic therapy or precautionary treatment (in the past known as "health resort treatment", now referred to as "medicinal rehabilitation measure", "rehabilitation treatment", "inpatient precautionary treatment") is necessary, depends on the severity of the illness and on the necessary intensity of supervision and monitoring.
www.egms.de /xml/journals/cto/2005-4/cto000027.xml   (11253 words)

  
 MDAdvice.com - Health Library - Sports Injuries
Psychosomatic illness is a term used to describe an illness in which factors other than physical ones dominate.
Most illnesses have some connection with these elements, even if the links between mind, spirit and body are poorly defined at times.
Such illnesses include asthma, cancer, digestive disturbances, heart disease -- all these and others are more common in certain families.
www.mdadvice.com /library/sport/sport98.html   (848 words)

  
 UMHS - Psychosomatic Illness
In other words, the illness may be emotional or mental in origin but have physical symptoms.
For a psychosomatic illness to occur, a person must first be vulnerable in a particular body system.
It's important for these illnesses to be recognized and treated soon as they occur.
www.med.umich.edu /1libr/aha/umpsysom.htm   (201 words)

  
 AboutOurKids.org | About Psychosomatic Illness (Somatoform Disorder)
Physical complaints with no apparent medical basis may be a reflection of a stress, such as nervousness in a social situation, a demanding school setting, separation from parents, or other stressful situation.
Stress, as it affects the body and the mind, has an effect on some illnesses and can influence how a child or adolescent perceives the symptoms of the illness, how he or she deals with the illness, and the rate of recovery.
He may be experiencing academic pressure, family conflict, a change in school, a move, a reaction to the illness or death of a family member or friend, or possible physical or sexual abuse.
www.aboutourkids.org /articles/about_psychosomatic.html   (1976 words)

  
 Chernobyl and Psychosomatic Illness   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
What the man said was the illnesses that many residents of the area were reporting were not psychosomatic that they were real stress and fear induced symptoms.
Isn't a psychosomatic illness real, resulting from fear and stress, whether rational or irrational.
Someone who has a psychosomatic illness is sick, has real symptoms that result from anxiety, fear, or stress or some combination.
www.vanderbilt.edu /radsafe/9604/msg00671.html   (272 words)

  
 CFIDS/ME Awareness Day 2001
One would think that so many years into an epidemic, the media would be better informed, but they are not, and their rare coverage of CFIDS generally focuses on CFIDS as a controversial or psychosomatic illness (or worse, as some sort of spiritual crisis of the modern age).
In the Washington Post, she stated, "This illness is to fatigue what a nuclear bomb is to a match." "Against the Odds: Laura Hillenbrand Surmounted Illness to Cross the Finish Line With 'Seabiscuit" - 3/9/01.
Do you believe people with chronic illness are weak, have given up, have bad Karma, or just need "spiritual growth?" Ask yourselves what fears these ideas serve to assuage, and imagine ways to bridge the "us" and "them" separation that keeps disabled people in substandard care.
www.angelfire.com /ri/strickenbk/2001.html   (2309 words)

  
 PSYCHOSOMATIC ILLNESS
These are real symptoms, which begin, continue, or are made worse because of emotional factors.
Emotions can make an illness worse or can make it come back after it has been controlled.
The way that someone experiences stress can make his or her illness worse.
www.dmc.org /health_info/topics/ment3166.html   (254 words)

  
 Amazon.com: From Paralysis to Fatigue: A History of Psychosomatic Illness in the Modern Era: Books: Edward Shorter   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-04)
Shorter doesn't try to give any theories about the nature of psychosomatic illness and seems to think that all psychosomatic symptoms are simply generated by the unconscious mind, which can change them at will.
This seems to go against known physiology, which shows that certain psychosomatic reactions (such as the defecation response to fear) are hard-wired into the nervous system and happen in animals as well as humans.
Perhaps there are different types of psychosomatic illness with different causes and different physiology, but Shorter doesn't address this.
www.amazon.com /Paralysis-Fatigue-History-Psychosomatic-Illness/dp/0029286670   (1221 words)

  
 JAMA -- Idioms of Distress: Psychosomatic Disorders in Medical and Imaginative Literature, July 23, 2003, Butzen 290 ...
Since this article does not have an abstract, we have provided the first 150 words of the full text and any section headings.
Psychosomatic illness has long been a favorite literary device,
illness have mirrored trends in the psychiatric literature in
jama.ama-assn.org /cgi/content/extract/290/4/538   (199 words)

  
 Stress related back pain
The stress-related back pain diagnosis is a "psychosomatic" or "psycho-physiological" one.
A psycho-physiological illness is any illness in which physical symptoms are thought to be the direct result of psychological or emotional factors.
John Sarno, M.D., a physician and professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at New York University, has recently popularized the idea of stress-related back pain, which he terms “Tension Myositis Syndrome” (TMS), although the concept can be traced to as early as the 1820s.
www.spine-health.com /Topics/cd/stress/str01.html   (632 words)

  
 MDAdvice.com - Health Library - Pediatric Symptoms & Illnesses
Such illnesses are real--not imagined, as many people think.
One group of researchers believes that mental, emotional or spiritual stress can trigger almost any illness in a child or any person genetically predisposed to that illness.
Such illnesses include asthma, cancer, digestive disturbances, heart disease--all these and others are more common in certain families.
www.mdadvice.com /library/ped/pedillsymp583.html   (849 words)

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