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Chapter 6

PSYC*3140 Chapter Notes - Chapter 6: Somatic Symptom Disorder, Dissociative Disorder, Panic Disorder


Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC*3140
Professor
Richard Brown
Chapter
6

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Chapter 6—Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
Abnormal Psychology
Pages 181-211 (pages 189,196 for test)
-Somatoform disorder:
oSoma—means body and the problems preoccupying these people
oThere is usually no identifiable medical condition causing physical complaints
-Dissociative disorder:
oExperiences are so intense and extreme that they lose their identity entirely and
assume a new one
Somatoform disorder:
- Five basic types
Hypochondriasis:
Clinical description:
- Severe anxiety is focused on the possibility of having a serious disease
- Share many features with the anxiety and mood disorders, particularly panic disorder
- The reassurance from doctors that they are healthy only lasts short-term
- Individuals who mistakenly believe they currently have a disease
Statistics:
- 1-14% of patients are diagnosed
- Spread across various phases of adulthood
Causes:
- A disorder of cognition or perception with strong emotional contributions
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