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Old 06-30-2019, 02:09 PM   #1
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Default what IS a somatic disorder?

I was under the impression it is similar or the same as munchausens syndrome...am I wrong?
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There are other members, here on PC, who would be better able to address this than I. But my understanding is that somatic disorders involve a person being concerned about physical symptoms that have no physiological basis. Munchausen's, I believe, involves causing oneself harm in order to gain attention (frequently of healthcare providers.) Munchausen's by proxy involves doing harm to another person (frequently a child) in order to gain attention. Here's a link to an article, from PC's archives, on somatic symptom disorder. Unfortunately I couldn't find anything comparable on Munchausen's:

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Default Re: what IS a somatic disorder?

When people have real physical symptoms but they are caused by the mind.

Not sure who decided the brain is not a part of the body. :P
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I was under the impression it is similar or the same as munchausens syndrome...am I wrong?

Munchausen syndrome
is a factitious disorder, a mental disorder in which a person repeatedly and deliberately acts as if he or she has a physical or mental illness when he or she is not really sick.


A somatic disorder is an unconscious reaction that occurs in the body, like a tic or spasm or stammering and is not a choice.
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It's basically what was known as hysteria in the past. I assume somatic disorders would be that, conversion disorder, pseudoepilepsy and things of that nature. I have a friend who has a lot of itching. They tell her this is from anxiety even if the itching itself is quite real.

I have noticed that our immigrants have a lot more of this stuff than people who were born here. Makes me think mental illness is so taboo there, the have to let the body react instead as it's not as shameful.
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