Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

Elder, Ruth L. (2005) Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders. In Elder, Ruth, Evans, Katie, & Nizette, Debra (Eds.) Psychiatric and mental health nursing. Elsevier, Marrickville, N.S.W., pp. 324-340.

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• 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. • Somatization is a method of expressing anxiety and distress and is to be found in all cultural groups. • The distress and suffering experienced by clients with a somatoform disorder is real, although the medical basis for their symptoms is not. • Clients with a somatoform disorder are most frequently encountered in general health settings. • The dissociative disorders are marked by an abrupt, but temporary change in consciousness, cognition, memory, identity or behaviour.

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ID Code: 2400
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details : r.elder
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Keywords: Amnesia, Conversion, Depersonalization, Derealization, Dissociation, Fugue, Hypochondriasis, Hysteria, La belle indifference, Malingering, Neurosis, Primary Gain, Reassurance, Secondary Gain, Somatization
ISBN: 9780729537292
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Mental Health Nursing (111005)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2005 Elsevier
Deposited On: 07 Nov 2005 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:33

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