Classification of Disorders
Neuro-Development - affecting growth and development of the brain
Schizophrenia - psychotic disorder, hallucinations, delusions
Depressive - persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest
Anxiety - feelings of worry, anxiety, or fear
Stress - persistent, heavy feelings of worry
Personality - abnormal behavior, ritual behavior
Somatic Symptom Disorder
Some signs include:
- being scared of potential sickness
- having fear of medical problems with out evidence of it being present
- specific sensations of pain
- fatigue and weakness out of nowhere
- no medical evidence to prove there is any problem/pain
Up to 50% of primary care psychiatric patients experience the symptoms of unexplained pain.
This disorder is 13% of somatoform disorders.
2:1 female to male ratio.
It has been anywhere from 11-500/100,000 people reported to have it.
1/3 of the population has reported signs/symptoms of this disorder.
Current Research and Known Facts
- Diagnosis: have one or more of the symptoms, have a focus on pain with a medical exam showing no cause, determine is any health problem is foreseen
- This disorder may stem from or lead to other disorders. For example, having a focus on pain may lead to anxiety and stress. being worried constantly of medical problems may lead to mental problems such as depression; the thoughts begin to take over patients lives in extreme conditions.
- There are no known causes except for having a prior history of bad health.
- PREVENTION: be physically healthy, practice stress and anxiety relief routines, participate in activities that you enjoy.
In The World Today
These stars have been reported to have this disorder:
Many people have symptoms, but never go as far as to get checked for the disorder.
These famous people have pt out that they have this disorder.
Most treatment falls under individual or group psychotherapy as the goal is to change the patient's mindset.
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