Somatic symptom and related disorders is the name for a group of conditions in which the physical pain and symptoms a person feels are related to psychological factors. These symptoms can’t be traced to a specific physical cause. In people who have a somatic symptom and related disorders, medical test results are either normal or don’t explain the person’s symptoms.
There are several types of somatic symptom and related disorders.
Somatization disorder usually involves pain and severe neurological symptoms (such as headache, fatigue). Other symptoms include:
– Digestive symptoms (such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea). – Sexual symptoms (such as pain during sexual activity, loss of sexual desire, and extremely painful periods in women).
Dissociative disorders involve problems with memory, identity, emotion, perception, behavior and sense of self. Dissociative disorders symptoms can potentially disrupt every area of mental functioning.
Dissociative disorder facts:-
– Dissociative disorder, formerly called multiple personality disorder, is a condition that is characterized by the presence of at least two clear personality states, called alters, which may have different reactions, emotions, and body functioning. – How often DD occurs remains difficult to know due to disagreement among professionals about the existence of the diagnosis itself, its symptoms, and how to best assess the illness.
Normal Sleep & Sleep Disorders
Sleep disorders make it hard for people to sleep soundly at night—or stay awake during the day. Millions of American have chronic sleep disorders.
Symptoms of Sleep Disorders Sleep restores our bodies and minds without it we suffer. People who have sleep disorders may experience:
– Frequently difficulty falling asleep in bed at night – Frequent awakening during sleep – Partner states you stop breathing during sleep – Dozing off while drivin – Sleepiness during the day
Common Sleep Disorders – Sleep Apnea—when a person stops breathing and then starts again many times a night – Chronic Insomnia—when a person has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep night after night – Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)—when a person loses sleep because of a restless feeling in the legs – Narcolepsy—when a person falls asleep suddenly many times a day
We are skilled in working for both male and female. Many of the peoples we work with have a past history of trauma and/or abuse and are supported through our psychologically informed treatment packages.
Within our learning disability services we work therapeutically to address issues in relation to personality disorder which often have an impact on people’s behaviour that challenges, using recognised psychological behaviour techniques at a level which is appropriate to the persons understanding.