Abnormal Psychology: Somatic Symptoms and Related Disorders and Dissociative Disorders

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Somatic Disorder
Set of disorders that involve distress, dysfunction, related to or imagined problems with one’s body
what is somatic disorder specific to?
Non-specific to a particular thing
What are some of the symptoms of somatic disorder?
long term worry/view comparing to panic (which is more concurrent), preoccupation with health or appearance, physical complaints, no identifiable medical condition
Illness Anxiety
repeat checking of the body, less concerned about a physical symptom but more worried about the idea of developing an illness, preoccupation but no doctor, avoid getting any disconcerting information from the doctors,high family disease incidence (worried about heritability) know the statistics
Briquet’s Syndrome
feeling weak or ill, severe pain: physical symtpoms
Causes of illness anxiety
Disorder of cognition or perception, physical signs and sensations, cause is unlikely to be found in isolated biological or psychological factors, stressful family events, high family disease incidence, benefits of illness
Psychodynamic, CBT (main treatment)
Psychological factors affecting medical condition
new disorder
Conversion disorder
conversion of psychological pain to something physical.
Intentionally poisoning the child or to get something out of the environment or intentionally produced symptoms
Causes of munchausen’s
behavioral: traumatic event must be escaped, avoidance is not an option. Caused by trauma, pain distraction
Treatment of munchausen
no cures, CBT
Depersonalization-Derealization Disorder
Dissociation means separation of consciousness/separation of reality. Tunes out
detachment and deprsonalization
Treatment of DID
unknown, integrate the identities together
Dissociative Amnesia
Generalized loss of memory for a large chunk of time. Localized or selective type or loss of memory
Cause of Dissociative Amnesia
Trauma, dysfunction+stress
Dissociative Fugue
Sudden change of location (you are not living in your life anymore)
Past memory lost
Cannot form new memories
Dissociative Identity Disorder
Amnesia, Dissociation of personality, adopts several alters but one main
Real vs False memories, suggestibility, multiple traumatic life events
Categories: Abnormal Psychology