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Somatoform and dissociative disorders

Elder, Ruth (2009) Somatoform and dissociative disorders. In Elder, Ruth, Evans, Katie, & Nizette, Deb (Eds.) Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. Mosby Elsevier, Sydney, Australia, pp. 370-387.

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Abstract

• The somatoform disorders are psychiatric illnesses that present as physical disorders. • The somatoform disorders are not to be confused with malingering, which is the intentional production of symptoms to avoid some responsibility or duty. • Somatisation is a method of expressing anxiety and distress and is found in all cultural groups. • The distress and suffering experienced by clients with a somatoform disorder are real, although the medical basis for their symptoms is not. • Clients with a somatoform disorder are most frequently encountered in primary health care settings. • The dissociative disorders are marked by an abrupt, temporary change in consciousness, cognition, memory, identity or behaviour.

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ID Code: 31517
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Somatoform disorders, Dissociative disorders
ISBN: 9780729538770
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 29 Mar 2010 15:38
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2010 00:25

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