Thursday, January 21, 2016

Top Ten Psychosomatic Symptoms

The origin of a psychosomatic illness is within the brain.  The illness is the brain’s attempt to throw a person’s consciousness off guard by inducing physical changes in the body, in order to prevent the person from consciously experiencing difficult emotions, such as rage, sadness, and emotional distress.
People with psychosomatic illnesses contribute millions if not billions of dollars to the medical industry in the form of various treatments, including operations, medications, physical therapy, etc.  People can spend decades chasing down physical symptoms when the root causes of their problems are emotional.
The reality is that somatic symptoms are extremely common. Research has found that approximately one-third of all physical symptoms fall into this category.  However, patients are not quick to accept or believe that their symptoms do not have an actual physical cause. Only about 15 to 20 percent of patients will accept such a diagnosis.
To be technical, the proper term for psychosomatic illness, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) is somatic symptom disorder.  There is an overlap across the spectrum of somatoform disorders, and this designation helps reflect the complex interface between mental and physical health.
What follows is a list of the ten most frequent somatic illnesses:
  1. Chronic Pain Syndrome
  2. Fibromyalgia
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
  4. Gastrointestinal syndromes
  5. Migraine headaches
  6. Frequent need for urination
  7. Tinnitus and Vertigo
  8. Allergic phenomena
  9. Skin rashes (Eczema, hives, acne, etc.)
  10. Eating disorders

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