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Somatoform & Dissociative Disorders

by: Summer Schnellbach

Somatoform & Dissociative Disorders PSYC 270 Abnormal Psychology

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Chapter 6 Test on March 10th
Abnormal Psychology
Rachel Kramer
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Date Created: 02/19/16
Chapter 6: Somatoform & Dissociative Disorders  Somatic Symptom Disorders o Unreasonable response to health concerns and symptoms  Feel physical pain/symptoms  Usually no medical explanation o Types of Disorders:  Somatic symptom disorder  Illness anxiety  Conversion disorder  Factitious disorder o "Briquet's Syndrome" = after French doctor o DSM-IV formerly said many different symptoms were needed to diagnose, but now (DSM-V) only requires 1 o NOT the same as illness anxiety: worry is more prominent than actual symptoms o Thinking about the symptoms excessively o *substantial impairment in social functioning o IF the symptoms are explainable, reaction is exaggerated o Rare disorder o Chronic o Affects mostly women who are unmarried and of low social economic status  Illness Anxiety Disorder o Formerly called hypochondriasis o Severe anxiety thinking about getting a disease or having one o IF symptoms are truly present, they are mild o Seeking medical help does not change mindset o Comorbid with anxiety/mood disorders  Culturally specific disorders: Koro, Dhat, Kyol Goeu o Koro: fear of genitals retracting into abdomen (Asian cultures) o Dhat: Idea that dizziness and fatigue are a result of semen loss (Indian cultures) o Kyol Goeu: fear that air ("wind") is not properly circulating in body (Cambodian Khmer peoples)  Symptoms: dizzy, weak, tired, trembles  Causes of Somatic Symptom Disorders o Constantly worrying about physical signs or feelings o Isolated bio or psych factors o Genetics o Learn from family members o Life stress o Illness in family during childhood o Receiving attention and sympathy when not getting it elsewhere  SSD & Antisocial Personality Disorder o Comorbid  Both begin early in life  Both are hard to treat and last a lifetime  Found more often in low social economic status regions  Both are related to alcohol/drug abuse and personal issues o Disinhibition/Impulsivity o Dependence (SSD) vs. Aggression (APD) o APD more common in males, SSD more common in females  Treatment for SSD o Benefit from education & a little reassurance o Cognitive behavioral therapy o DO NOT REWARD FOR SEEKING HELP o Antidepressants o Have physician ensure medical attention is not excessively pursued ("Gatekeeper") o Do not always give full attention to patient/family member  Psych factors affecting medical condition: o Concentration problems = forget to take meds o Denies medical reassurance  Conversion Disorder o "Functional Neurological Symptom Disorder o Impaired sensory/motor functioning that is not related to neural/medical problems or other disorder o Suggestive of neurological problem but no evidence o *must cause significant distress/impairment o Person might feel indifferent (la belle indifference) o NOT faking for attention (malingering) o Rare, chronic o Comorbid with anxiety/mood disorders o More common in females o Often seen in cultural/religious groups  Causes of CD o Physical symptoms are revealed as a different way of the body expressing anxiety/unconscious conflict (Freud) o Freud believed that the Primary gain was the escape from conflict  Secondary gain = attention or sympathy o It is common for a patient to take on symptoms that they are familiar with  Treatment of Conversion Disorder o Process trauma instead of ignore o Remove secondary gains o Avoid giving attention to physical symptoms  Factitious Disorder o Purposely faking o External gains are not obvious  Possibly sympathy  Not the same as malingering  No concrete objective such as paid time off  Factitious Disorder Imposed on Another o Munchausen Syndrome by proxy o Induce symptoms on someone else  Parent inducing symptoms on child  Parent gets attention  Dissociative Disorders o Separations from reality o Altered identity, memories, consciousness o Depersonalization – out of body experiences o Derealization – life is all a dream o Ex: Sybil  Types (DSM-V) o Depersonalization/Dissociative disorder o Dissociative Amnesia o Dissociative Trance Disorder o Dissociative Identity Disorder  Depresonalization/Derealization o Out of body feeling o *interferes with life o Similar symptoms may appear in panic disorder or PTSD  Symptoms might be in everyday life from lack of food or sleep, drugs/alcohol, emotions o Changes in cognitive behaviors o Hard time learning new info (easily distracted) o Less emotional responses o Dysregulated HPA axis o Chronic: trauma increases manifestation o No known treatments  Dissociative Amnesia o Memory loss o Generalized vs. Localized/selective o Dissociative fugue  Assume new identity when traveling (new place, new you)  Not able to recall how you got to new place, or why o Appears and leaves rapidly o Mostly shown in adults o Trauma and stress can be triggers o Most do not need treatment  Dissociative Trance o Vinvuso (Nigeria) o Phii Pob (Thailand) o Sudden change in personality as well as dissociative symptoms o "possession by a spirit" o Not a disorder unless it causes distress and impairment  Dissociative Identity Disorder o "multiple personality disorder" o Average of 15 different "people" o Each "person" has new persona o Can quickly switch between personalities o Some patients are faking for attention, but not all  Studies have shown altered brain activity between personalities o Sybil or The Three Faces of Eye  Causes of DID o Severe trauma in childhood  No support after occurrence o Opportunity to escape to traumatic impacts o Related to PTSD o Environmental risk  Treatment o Try to find original identity o Rid of cues and triggers o Process trauma  Hypnosis  False Memories o Suggest false memories of being abused o Damaging to family and self o Well-trained therapists needed to not suggest false memories


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