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Somatization

 

Explanations > Behaviors > Coping > Somatization

Description | Example | Discussion | So what?

  

Description

Somatization occurs where a psychological problem turns into physical and subconscious symptoms.

This can range from simple twitching to skin rashes, heart problems and worse.

Example

A policeman, who has to be very restricted in his professional behavior, develops hypertension.

A worried actor develops a twitch.

Discussion

When the subconscious mind is suffering from a problem which is not addressed and cannot be considered, it grabs attention by attacking the physical body.

This can have useful consequences, for example, a person who is overstressing themselves may get a physical problem that forces them to slow down.

The symptoms created can be a problem for normal doctors, as there is no physical cause of the problem.

The reverse effect can happen where a placebo actually causes a person to recover.

So what?

When people have physical symptoms, consider the possibility of psychological causes. Of course you should get medical opinion first to determine whether there really is a medical cause (and perhaps to help them get physical relief). If symptoms persist, you may be able to effect a 'miracle cure'.

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Regression

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