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chapter four: psychophysiologic, somatoform, dissociative & eating disorders

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STRESSORunpredictable aspect of the environment demanding adjustment
DEFENSE MECHANISMSprotect the self from anxiety, stress, tension, or disappointment
SOMATOFORMthere are physical complaints or dysfunctions, but no organic cause (also known as conversion)
DISSOCIATIVEdisorders which include multiple personality, depersonalization, amnesia, fugue
HYSTERIAolder term for somatoform and dissociative disorders
HYPCHONDRIASISexcessive complaints about (and delusions of) physical illness
MALINGERING, FACTITIOUSwhen the patient consciously fakes physical illness
SECONDARY GAINadditional benefits of being ill (e.g., attention, financial gain, escape from duty)
AMNESIAloss of memory
FUGUEleaving one's regular residence; forgetting one's past life
RAREmultiple personality (dissociative identity disorder) is very
ANOREXIAfear of getting fat; refusal to maintain proper nutrition
BULIMIAbinging and purging food
HYPERTENSIONhigh blood pressure
TYPE Apersonality style with high risk of heart disease; aggressive, impatient, competitive
BIOFEEDBACKtechnique for teaching people to relax; can be effective with migraines
OBESITYexcessive weight
HYPOCHONDRIASISexcessive complaints about (and delusions of) physical illness
MALINGERING, FACTITIOUSwhen the patient consciously fakes physical illness
MIGRAINEa psychosomatic headache
PSYCHOPHYSIOLOGICreal physical disorders due to stress (psychosomatic)


Professor of Psychology
Crafton Hills College
Long Beach, CA

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