Psychosomatic is an illness that involves both mind and body as mind (psyche) and body (soma). For example the rash of psoriasis can make an individual feel depressed and sick. Generally psychosomatic illness can be classified in three as,
Pain disorder is a somatoform disorder where the physical symptoms of pain are real with a psychological problem. The pain is unintentional and unrelated to substance abuse or another psychiatric disorder. The main symptom of pain disorder is the presence of severe pain in one or more locations throughout the body. This pain causes major distress and interferes with normal daily activities. Although the pain feels real to the victim, the beginning and severity are purely psychological.
Somatization is the process by which mental and emotional stresses become physical in form of psychosomatic illness. Psychosomatic illness can come and go depending on a person’s ability to handle stress. Somatization often becomes a built-in pattern that results in chronic aches and pains or remaining diseases without biological cause. The mind / body relationship transfers high negative thinking patterns which shall cause physical illness.
Conversion disorder is a disorder in which a person experiences neurological symptoms that affect his / her movement and senses and that do not appear to have a physical cause. Symptoms can include seizures, blindness or paralysis.
Our treatment for psychosomatic illness is based on a comprehensive assessment by Professionals and case formulation. While some cases respond well to medications, a majority respond only partially to drug treatment. Psychological interventions have shown to have more effective when combined with medicines.
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