Over 20 years of experienced as a psychotherapist, I had believed that in psychosomatic states the body was reacting to a psychological threat; that there was a severe split between psyche and soma and that was due to patients’ unawareness of their emotional states in threatening situations. It also commonly happens that certain psychosomatic phenomena, as well as recurrent tendencies to fall ill physically, disappear as an unanticipated side-effect of psychotherapeutic treatment, sometimes without specific exploration of the underlying significance of such illnesses.
Somatization disorder is characterized by physical symptoms without a physical cause.
Symptoms of somatization disorder include:
- Absence or deadening of feeling
- Inability to identify or express emotion
- Neurological symptoms, such as headache and fatigue
- Digestive symptoms, such as nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea
- Feeling that your doctor has made a mistake by not diagnosing the cause of your symptoms
- Seeking constant reassurance from friends and family about your symptoms
This list is by no means exhaustive. People often begin psychotherapy to focus on a specific issue and are surprised to learn more about themselves than they thought they would. This often leads to the most change-producing work in therapy.
Please call me at 720-381-7491 or e-mail me yelena@DenverPsychotherapy4u.com to discuss how therapy might help you.