Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

What is Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder?

Undifferentiated somatoform disorder. This category should be used in cases where somatic complaints are multiple, variable and long-lasting, but at the same time, a complete and typical clinical picture of a somatized disorder is not detected. For example, the assertive and dramatic nature of the complaint may be absent, the latter may be relatively small in number, or there may be no violation of social and family functioning. The grounds for the assumption of psychological conditioning may or may not be present, but there should be no somatic basis for a psychiatric diagnosis.

Symptoms of Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

Symptoms resembling somatic disease, however, constant complaints despite excessive detail, vague, inaccurate and inconsistent in time. Somatic is framed by emotional instability, anxiety, low mood, not reaching the level of depression, decay of physical and mental strength, besides, irritability, a feeling of internal tension and dissatisfaction are often present. An exacerbation of the disease is provoked not by physical exertion or by changing weather conditions, but by emotionally significant stressful situations.

Diagnosis of Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

Criteria:

  • The presence of multiple, changing somatic symptoms in the absence of any somatic diseases that could explain these symptoms.
  • Constant concern about the symptom leads to prolonged suffering and repeated (3 or more) consultations and examinations in the outpatient clinic, and if counseling is unavailable for any reason, repeated visits to representatives of paramedicine.
  • Persistent refusal to accept a medical opinion on the absence of sufficient somatic causes of the existing symptoms or only a short-term agreement with it (up to several weeks).

Undifferentiated somatoform disorder can be diagnosed, when the minimum duration of symptoms is reduced to 6 months, criteria 1 and 3 are fully satisfied, criterion 2 can only be partially met

Important differentiation with the following disorders:

  • Somatic disorders. It is most difficult to differentiate somatoform disorder from some somatic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, etc., beginning with nonspecific, transient manifestations. Here, the doctor needs to distinguish from a variety of clinical symptoms those that are characteristic of these diseases. Thus, multiple sclerosis often begins with transient motor, sensory (paresthesia) and visual disturbances. Hyperparathyroidism can be manifested by osteoporosis (loosening and tooth loss), and systemic lupus erythematosus often begins with polyarthritis, which is gradually joined by polyserositis.
    However, one should take into account the probability of the emergence of an independent somatic disorder in such patients, which is not lower than that of ordinary people at the same age. Particular attention in case of change of emphasis in the complaints of patients or their stability, when you need to continue surveys.
  • Affective (depressive) and anxiety disorders. Depression and anxiety of varying degrees are often accompanied by somatized disorders, but they should not be described separately unless they are sufficiently pronounced and stable to justify their own diagnosis. The appearance of multiple somatic symptoms after the age of 40 years may indicate a manifestation of primary depressive disorder.
  • Hypochondriacal Disorder. With somatisation disorder, the focus is on the symptoms themselves and their individual manifestation, while in hypochondriacal disorder, attention is directed more to the presence of the intended progressive and serious disease process, as well as its disabling consequences. In hypochondriacal disorder, the patient more often asks for examination in order to confirm the nature of the alleged disease, while a patient with somatisation disorder asks for treatment in order to remove the existing symptoms. With somatisation disorder, there is usually excessive use of drugs, whereas patients with hypochondriacal disorder are afraid of drugs, their side effects, and seek support and relief from frequent visits to various doctors.
  • Delusional disorders (such as schizophrenia with somatic delusions and depressive disorders with hypochondriacal ideas). Freakish features of ideas, combined with a smaller number of them and the more constant nature of somatic symptoms, are most typical of delusional disorders.

Longer (from 2 years) and more intense symptoms are diagnosed as somatoform disorder.

Treatment of Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

The main role in the treatment belongs to psychotherapy. Pharmacotherapy aims to create psychotherapy opportunities and is carried out to correct the accompanying symptoms. The choice of drugs in each case is determined by the characteristics of the symptoms and associated manifestations. The following groups of drugs are used for pharmacotherapy: drugs of the first choice are antidepressants (tricyclic and SSRI groups); second choice drugs are beta blockers and mood stabilizers; In the initial stages of treatment, a combination of antidepressant with benzodiazepine is possible; antipsychotics with sedative effect are also used as reserve medicines for severe anxiety, which can not be stopped by benzodiazepines. In addition, the treatment of somatoform disorders must be supplemented with vasoactive, nootropic drugs and vegetal stabilizers.

Disruption of Activity and Attention

What is a Disruption of Activity and Attention?

Previously called minimal brain dysfunction (MMD), hyperkinetic syndrome, minimal brain damage. This is one of the most common childhood behavioral disorders, many of which remain in adulthood.

Prevalence

The disorder is more common in boys. The relative prevalence among boys and girls from 3: 1 to 9: 1, depending on the criteria of diagnosis. Currently, the prevalence among schoolchildren is from 3 to 20%. In 30-70% of cases, the syndromes of the disorder turn into adulthood. Hyperactivity in adolescence in many decreases, even if other disorders remain, but the risk of asocial psychopathy, alcoholism and drug addiction is high.

Causes Disruption of Activity and Attention

Previously, the hyperkinetic disorder was associated with intrauterine or postnatal brain damage (“minimal brain damage”). Identified genetic predisposition to this disorder. For identical twins, concordance is higher than for dvuiaytsovyh. 20-30% of parents of patients suffered or suffer from impaired activity and attention. Congenital tendency to hyperactivity increases under the influence of certain social factors, since this behavior is more common in children living in adverse social conditions. Parents of patients are more likely to have alcoholism, asocial psychopathy, and affective disorders in the general population. The alleged causes of the disorder are associated with food allergies, prolonged lead intoxication and exposure to food additives, but these hypotheses are not supported by convincing evidence. A strong relationship was found between activity and attention disorders and insensitivity to thyroid hormones – a rare condition, based on a mutation of the thyroid hormone beta-receptor gene.

Symptoms Disruption of Activity and Attention

The diagnostic criteria for a disorder have changed somewhat over the years. Symptomatology almost always manifests itself to 5-7 years. The average age of a doctor is 8-10 years.

Major manifestations include:

  • Violations of attention. Inability to maintain attention, decreased selective attention, inability to concentrate on the subject for a long time, frequent forgetting of what needs to be done; increased distractibility, irritability. Such children are fussy, restless. Even more attention is reduced in unusual situations when you need to act on your own. Some children cannot even watch their favorite TV shows to the end.
  • Impulsivity. In the form of scruffy fulfillment of school tasks, despite the efforts to do them correctly; frequent shouts from a place, noisy tricks during classes; “Getting into” the conversation or work of others; impatience in line; inability to lose (as a result of this, frequent fights with children). With age, manifestations of impulsivity can change. At an early age, it is urinary and fecal incontinence; at school – excessive activity and extreme impatience; in adolescence – hooligan antics and antisocial behavior (theft, drug use, etc.). However, the older the child, the more impulsive is more pronounced and more noticeable to others.
  • Hyperactivity. This is an optional feature. In some children, motor activity can be reduced. However, motor activity is qualitatively and quantitatively different from the age norm. In preschool and early school age, such children continuously and impulsively run, crawl, jump up, and are very fussy. To puberty, hyperactivity often decreases. Children without hyperactivity are less aggressive and hostile to others, but they are more likely to experience partial developmental delays, including school skills.

Additional signs

  • Violations of coordination are noted in 50-60% in the form of the impossibility of subtle movements (tying shoelaces, using scissors, coloring, letters); imbalances, visual and spatial coordination (inability to play sports, cycling, ball games).
  • Emotional disturbances in the form of imbalance, temper, intolerance to failure. There is a delay in emotional development.
  • Relations with others. In mental development, children with impaired activity and attention lag behind peers, but strive to be leaders. It is difficult to be friends with them. These are extraverted children, they are looking for friends, but they quickly lose them. Therefore, they often communicate with more “complaisant” younger ones. Relationships with adults are difficult. They are not affected by punishment, affection, or praise. From the point of view of parents and educators, it is precisely “bad manners” and “bad behavior” that are the main reason for going to doctors.
  • Partial developmental delays. Despite normal IQ, school performance in many children is low. The reasons are inattention, lack of perseverance, intolerance to failure. Partial delays in the development of writing, reading, and counting are characteristic. The main symptom is the mismatch of a high intellectual level and poor performance in school. The criterion of partial delay is considered to be a backlog of skills by at least 2 years. However, it is necessary to exclude other causes of failure: perceptual disorders, psychological and social causes, low intelligence and inadequate teaching.
  • Behavioral disorders. Not always observed. Not all children with behavioral disorders may have impaired activity and attention.
  • Bedwetting. Disorders of falling asleep and drowsiness in the morning.

Disorders of activity and attention can be divided into 3 types: with a predominance of inattention; with a predominance of hyperactivity; mixed.

Diagnostics Disorders of Activity and Attention

It is necessary to have inattention or hyperactivity and impulsivity (or all manifestations at the same time) that do not correspond to the age norm.

Features of behavior:

  • appear up to 8 years;
  • are found in at least two areas of activity – school, home, work, games, clinic;
  • are not caused by anxious, psychotic, affective, dissociative disorders and psychopathies;
  • cause significant psychological discomfort and maladaptation.

Inattention:

  • Inability to focus on details, errors of inattention.
  • Inability to maintain attention.
  • Inability to listen to the speech addressed.
  • Inability to complete tasks.
  • Low organizational skills.
  • Negative attitude to tasks requiring mental stress.
  • Loss of items needed to complete the task.
  • Distractibility to extraneous irritants.
  • Forgetfulness. (Of the listed symptoms, at least six should be stored for more than 6 months.)

Hyperactivity and impulsivity (of the following symptoms, at least four should last at least 6 months.):

  • hyperactivity: the child is fussy, restless. Jumps up without permission. Running aimlessly, fidgeting, climbing. Cannot rest, play quiet games;
  • impulsiveness: cries out the answer without listening to the question. Cannot wait in line.

Differential diagnosis

For the diagnosis you need: a detailed history of life. Information must be found out with everyone who knows the child (parents, carers, teachers). Detailed family history (presence of alcoholism, hyperactivity disorder, ticks in parents or relatives). Data on the current behavior of the child.

Information is required on the child’s academic performance and behavior in the educational institution. There are currently no informative psychological tests to diagnose this disorder.

Disorders of activity and attention do not have clear pathognomonic signs. This disorder can be suspected on the basis of an anamnesis and psychological testing, taking into account diagnostic criteria. For a final diagnosis, a trial appointment of psychostimulants is shown.

The phenomena of hyperactivity and inattention can be symptoms of anxiety or depressive disorders, mood disorders. The diagnosis of these disorders is made in the presence of their diagnostic criteria. The presence of an acute onset of hyperkinetic disorder at school age can be a manifestation of a reactive (psychogenic or organic) disorder, manic state, schizophrenia, neurological disease.

Treatment Disorders of Activity and Attention

Drug treatment is effective in 75-80% of cases, with the correct diagnosis. Its effect is more symptomatic. Suppressing symptoms of hyperactivity disorder and impaired attention facilitates the child’s intellectual and social development. Drug treatment obeys several principles: only long-term therapy ending in adolescence is effective. The selection of the drug and dose proceed from the objective effect, and not the patient’s sensations. If the treatment is effective, then it is necessary to take trial breaks at certain intervals to determine whether the child can do without drugs. The first breaks are preferably arranged during the holidays, when the psychological load on the child is less.

Pharmacological agents used to treat this disorder are CNS stimulants. The mechanism of their action is not fully known. However, psychostimulants not only calm the baby, but also affect other symptoms. The ability to concentrate increases, emotional stability, sensitivity to parents and peers appear, and social relations are being established. Mental development can dramatically improve. Amphetamines (dexamphetamine (Dexedrine), methamphetamine), methylphenidate (Ritalin), pemoline (Ziller) are currently used. Individual sensitivity to them is different. If one of the drugs is ineffective, switch to another. The advantage of amphetamines is the long duration of action and the presence of prolonged forms. Methylphenidate is usually taken 2-3 times a day. It often has a sedative effect. The intervals between doses are usually 2.5-6 hours. Prolonged forms of amphetamines take 1 time per day. Doses of psychostimulants: methylphenidate – 10-60 mg / day .; methamphetamine – 5-40 mg / day .; pemoline – 56.25-75 mg / day. Treatment begins usually with low doses with a gradual increase. Physical dependence usually does not develop. In rare cases, the development of tolerance is transferred to another drug. Methylphenidate is not recommended for children under 6 years of age, dexamphetamine for children under 3 years of age. Pemoline is prescribed for the ineffectiveness of amphetamines and methylphenidate, but its effect may be delayed for 3-4 weeks. Side effects include decreased appetite, irritability, epigastric pain, headache, and insomnia. Pemoline – an increase in the activity of liver enzymes, possible jaundice. Psychostimulants increase heart rate, blood pressure. Some studies indicate a negative effect of drugs on growth and body weight, but these are temporary violations.

If psychostimulants are ineffective, imipramine hydrochloride (tofranil) is recommended in doses of 10 to 200 mg / day .; other antidepressants (desipramine, amfebutamon, phenelzine, fluoxetine) and some antipsychotics (chlorprotixen, thioridazine, sonapax). Antipsychotics do not contribute to the social adaptation of the child, therefore, indications for their appointment are limited. They should be used in the presence of severe aggressiveness, uncontrollability, or when other therapy and psychotherapy are ineffective.

Psychotherapy

A positive effect allows psychological assistance to children and their families. Rational psychotherapy is advisable with explaining to the child the reasons for his failures in life; behavioral therapy with teaching parents reward and punishment methods. Reducing psychological tension in the family and at school, creating a favorable environment for the child contribute to the effectiveness of treatment. However, as a method of radical treatment of disorders of activity and attention, psychotherapy is ineffective.

Monitoring the condition of the child should be established from the beginning of treatment and carried out in several directions – the study of behavior, school performance, social relationships.

Manic Episode

What is a Manic Episode?

A manic episode is an affective disorder characterized by a pathologically elevated mood background and an increase in the volume and pace of physical and mental activity.

The mood of the patient is raised inadequate to the circumstances and can vary from careless gaiety to almost uncontrollable arousal. A rise in mood is accompanied by increased vigor, leading to hyperactivity, excessive volume and speed of speech production, an increase in vital drives (appetite, sex drive), and a reduced need for sleep. Perception disorders may occur. Normal social inhibition is lost, attention is not maintained, there is marked distractibility, high self-esteem, super-optimistic ideas and ideas of greatness are easily expressed. A patient has many plans, but none of them is fully implemented. Criticism is reduced or absent. The patient loses the ability to critically assess his own problems; inadequate actions with negative consequences for social status and material well-being are possible; they can perform extravagant and impractical actions, waste money or be aggressive, amorous, hypersexual, playful in inappropriate circumstances.

In some manic episodes, the patient’s condition can be described as irritated and suspicious, rather than elevated. 86% of patients with bipolar disorder experience mania with psychotic symptoms throughout their lives. At the same time, increased self-esteem and ideas of superiority turn into delusional ideas of grandeur, irritability and suspicion are transformed into delusions of persecution. In severe cases, expansive-paraphrenic experiences of grandeur or delusions about noble origins can occur. As a result, leaps of thought and verbal pressure, the speech of the patient is often incomprehensible to others.

Manic episodes are much less common than depression: according to various sources, their prevalence is 0.5-1%. Separately, it should be noted that a manic episode in cases where one or more affective episodes (depressive, manic or mixed) have already occurred in the past are diagnosed within the framework of bipolar affective disorder and are not considered independently.

Today, quite conventionally, there are three severity of manic disorders:

  • Hypomania
  • Mania without psychotic symptoms
  • Mania with psychotic symptoms

Hypomania is a mild degree of mania. There is a constant light mood elevation (at least for several days), increased vigor and activity, a sense of well-being and physical and mental productivity. Increased sociability, talkativeness, excessive familiarity, increased sexual activity and reduced need for sleep are also often noted. However, they do not lead to serious disruption or social rejection of patients. Instead of the usual euphoric sociability, irritability, increased self-esteem and rude behavior can be observed.

Concentration and attention can be upset, thus reducing the opportunities for both work and leisure. However, such a state does not prevent the emergence of new interests and vigorous activity or a moderate propensity to spend.

Mania without psychotic symptoms is a moderate degree of mania. The mood is raised inadequate circumstances and can vary from careless gaiety to almost uncontrollable arousal. Elevation of mood is accompanied by increased vigor, leading to hyperactivity, speech pressure and reduced need for sleep. Normal social inhibition is lost, attention is not maintained, there is marked distractibility, increased self-esteem, super-optimistic ideas and ideas of greatness are easily expressed.

Perception disorders may occur, such as experiencing color as especially bright (and usually beautiful), concern about the fine details of a surface or texture, subjective hyperacusis. The patient may take extravagant and impractical steps, mindlessly spend money or may become aggressive, amorous, playful in inappropriate circumstances. In some manic episodes, the mood is more irritated and suspicious than upbeat. The first attack occurs more often at the age of 15-30 years, but can be at any age from childhood to 70-80 years.

Mania with psychotic symptoms is a severe degree of mania. The clinical picture corresponds to a more severe form than mania without psychotic symptoms. Increased self-esteem and ideas of greatness can develop into nonsense, and irritability and suspicion – into the delirium of persecution. In severe cases, marked delusions of grandeur or noble descent are noted. As a result, leaps of thought and speech pressure patient’s speech becomes obscure. Heavy and prolonged physical exertion and agitation can lead to aggression or violence. Neglect of food, drink and personal hygiene can lead to a dangerous state of dehydration and neglect. Delusions and hallucinations can be classified as appropriate or inappropriate.

Manic episodes, if not treated, have a duration of 3-6 months with a high probability of relapse (manic episodes recur in 45% of cases). Approximately 80-90% of patients with manic syndromes eventually develop a depressive episode. With timely treatment, the prognosis is quite favorable: 15% of patients recover, 50-60% recover not fully (numerous relapses with good adaptation between episodes), in one third of patients there is a likelihood of the disease becoming chronic with persistent social and labor maladjustment.

Causes of the Manic Episode

The etiology of the disorder is currently not fully understood. According to most neurologists and psychiatrists, genetic factors play the most important role in the occurrence of the disease, this assumption is indicated by the high frequency of the disorder in the families of patients, the increased likelihood of developing the disease with an increase in the degree of kinship, and a 75% chance of developing the disease in monozygous twins. However, the provoking influence of environmental changes is not excluded. Among the possible etiological factors, there are: metabolic disorders of biogenic amines (serotonin, norepinephrine, dopamine), neuroendocrine disorders, sleep disorders (shortened duration, frequent awakenings, disturbed sleep-wake rhythm), and even psychosocial factors.

Symptoms Manic Episode

Criteria for a manic episode:

  • high self-esteem a sense of self-worth or grandeur;
  • reduced need for sleep;
  • increased talkativeness, obsession in conversation;
  • jumps of thoughts, feeling of “flight of thought”;
  • attention imbalance;
  • increased social, sexual activity, psychomotor excitability;
  • involvement in risky operations with securities, thoughtlessly large expenditure, etc.

A manic episode may include delirium and hallucinations including

To diagnose mania, you must have at least three of these symptoms, or four, if one of the symptoms is irritability, and the duration of the episode must be at least 2 weeks, but the diagnosis can be made for shorter periods, if the symptoms are unusually severe and come quickly.

Diagnosing Manic Episode

When diagnosing a manic episode, the clinical method is the main one. In it the main place belongs to questioning (clinical interview) and objective observation of the patient’s behavior. With the help of the inquiry, a subjective history is collected and clinical facts that determine the patient’s mental state are identified.

An objective history is collected by examining medical records, as well as from conversations with the patient’s relatives.

The purpose of collecting anamnesis is to obtain data on:

  1. hereditary mental illness;
  2. patient’s personality, features of his development, family and social status, transferred exogenous hazards, features of response to various everyday situations, mental trauma;
  3. features of the patient’s mental state.

When taking a history of a patient with a manic episode, attention should be paid to the presence of such risk factors as:

  1. episodes of affective disorders in the past;
  2. affective disorders in family history;
  3. history of suicide attempts;
  4. chronic somatic diseases;
  5. stressful changes in life circumstances;
  6. alcoholism or drug addiction.

Additional methods of examination include clinical and biochemical blood tests (including glucose, ALT, AST, alkaline phosphatase; thymol test);

Treatment of Manic Episode

Treatment in the manic state is usually stationary, the length of hospital stay depends on the rate of symptom reduction (on average, 2-3 months). Treatment is possible in semi-stationary or outpatient settings.

In the system of therapeutic measures there are three relatively independent stages:

  • relief therapy aimed at treating the current condition;
  • treatment or stabilizing (supportive) therapy aimed at preventing the exacerbation of a previous condition;
  • prophylactic therapy aimed at preventing relapse (recurrence).

At the stage of treatment therapy, lithium salts (lithium carbonate, lithium oxybate), carbamazepine, and valproic acid salts (sodium valproate) are the drugs of choice.

For sleep disorders, hypnotics (hypnotics) are added to nitrazepam, flunitrazepam, temazepam, etc.

In severe psychomotor agitation, aggressiveness, the presence of manic-delusional symptoms, antipsychotics are prescribed (usually haloperidol, which, if necessary, is administered parenterally), the dose of which is gradually reduced to the full extent as the therapeutic effect is achieved. For rapid reduction of psychomotor arousal, zuclopentixol is used. The use of neuroleptics is necessary due to the fact that the effect of mood stabilizers appears only after 7-10 days of treatment. In motor arousal and sleep disorders, neuroleptics with a sedative effect (chlorpromazine, levomepromazine, thioridazine, chlorprothixene, etc.) are used.

In the absence of effect in the first month of treatment, a transition to intensive therapy is needed: alternation of high doses of incisive neuroleptics with sedatives, the addition of parenterally administered anxiolytics (phenazepam, lorazepam). In cases of resistant mania, combination therapy with lithium salts and carbamazepine, lithium salts and clonazepam, lithium salts and valproic acid salts is possible.

At the second stage, the use of lithium salts should continue on average 4-6 months to prevent the exacerbation of the condition. Lithium carbonate or its prolonged forms are used; the concentration of lithium in the plasma is maintained in the range of 0.5-0.8 mmol / l. The question of stopping the therapy with lithium drugs is solved depending on the characteristics of the course of the disease and the need for preventive therapy.

The minimum duration of maintenance therapy is 6 months after the onset of remission. With the abolition of therapy is considered appropriate to slowly reduce the dose of the drug for at least 4 weeks.

Nightmares

Causes of Nightmares

Deeply repressed phobias, complexes, aggression can be expressed in stereotypical horrors in a dream.

Symptoms of Nightmares

Terrible and disturbing, often stereotypically repeated dreams, the contents of which the patient remembers well. It seems the pursuit, the end of the world, the metamorphosis of objects. The patient is afraid to fall asleep, as this dream can see. In children, fragments of images of sleep can intrude into reality.

Diagnostics Nightmares

Dense and anxious dreams, which the patient remembers in great detail. Clinical signs:

  1. Awakening (in the second half of sleep) with detailed and lively reproduction of dreams of bright frightening content.
  2. When you wake up, you quickly reach a normal level of wakefulness and orientation.
  3. Disorders lead to marked distress.

Differential diagnostics

Nightmares may be present in the initial stages of depression, other endogenous psychosis, and chronic pain. Usually the type of dream suggests its symbolic significance.

Nightmare Treatment

Psychotherapy, psychoanalysis, deepening of sleep with antidepressants and tranquilizers, carbamazepine are used.

Hysterical Personality Disorder

Causes of Hysterical Personality Disorder

Disorder, associated with the education of the “idol of the family” type or as a result of cultivating demonstrative traits in families in which parents try to realize their own claims for leadership in children. More common in women.

Symptoms of Hysterical Personality Disorder

Since childhood, there is a desire to be in the center of attention of children and adults, the thirst for praise and evaluation. The refusal of adults to fulfill desires in a child meets a protest reaction with a demonstration of a fall, rolling of eyes, intermittent breathing. Character is marked by demonstrativeness, theatricality, extraverted behavior in excitable, emotional personalities. Patients are not able to maintain deep long-term affection. Characterized by frequent demonstrations of bouts of irritability, tears and accusations, if the person is not the center of attention or does not receive praise or approval. The suggestibility and orientation to authorities are enhanced, the influence of surrounding circumstances or circumstances is easily formed. Excessive physical preoccupation and constant manipulative behavior to meet their needs are typical. Facial expression is characterized by excessive vividness, paramimia are possible, an expansive gesture. Bright colors and extravagance prevail in clothes and cosmetics. The pursuit of occupations that satisfy the need for demonstration. High susceptibility to dissociative disorders, including motor and disorders of consciousness, as well as the use of alcohol and other psychoactive drugs. Many mental phenomena in hysterical individuals resemble paroxysmal, therefore they are close to the epileptic circle.

Diagnosis of Hysterical Personality Disorder

It should be distinguished from organic dissociative disorders characteristic of some endocrine diseases, in particular, thyrotoxicosis and organic disorders as a result of head injuries. These disorders are characterized, in addition to hysterical characteristics, by dysmnesic, dysphoric and asthenic states, as well as by typical data of additional methods of research (neurology, EEG, CT).

Treatment for Hysterical Personality Disorder

Psychoanalysis, focused on clarifying the internal sensations of the patient, pharmacotherapy. Therapy with antiparoxysmal agents, in particular diphenin and carbamazepine.

Dysthymia (Mood Decline)

What is Dysthymia (Mood Decline)?

Dysthymia is a chronic depressive mood.

Causes of Dysthymia (Mood Decline)

The types of personalities that have dysthymia, it would be correct to call constitutional depressive. These features in them are manifested in childhood and puberty as a reaction to any difficulty, and later on endogenously.

Symptoms of Dysthymia (Mood Decline)

They are tearful, pensive and not too sociable, pessimistic. Under the influence of insignificant stresses in postpuberty, for at least two years, they have periods of constant or periodic depressive mood. Intermediate periods of normal mood rarely last longer than several weeks, the whole mood of the person is colored by subdepression. However, the level of depression is lower than with mild recurrent disorder. It is possible to identify the following symptoms of subdepression:

  • reduced energy or activity;
  • violation of the rhythm of sleep and insomnia;
  • decrease in self-confidence or feeling of inferiority;
  • difficulty concentrating, and hence the subjectively perceived loss of memory;
  • frequent tearfulness and hypersensitivity;
  • decrease in interest or pleasure from sex, other earlier pleasant and instinctive forms of activity;
  • a sense of hopelessness or despair in connection with the realization of helplessness;
  • inability to cope with the routine duties of everyday life;
  • pessimistic attitude towards the future and a negative assessment of the past;
  • social isolation;
  • decrease in talkativeness and secondary deprivation.

Diagnosis of Dysthymia (Mood Decline)

  • At least two years of persistent or recurring depressive mood. Periods of normal mood rarely last longer than a few weeks.
  • The criteria do not correspond to a mild depressive episode, since suicidal thoughts are absent.
  • During periods of depression, at least three of the following symptoms should be present: a decrease in energy or activity; insomnia; decreased self-confidence or inferiority; difficulty concentrating; frequent tearfulness; decrease in interest or pleasure from sex, other pleasant kinds of activity; sense of hopelessness or despair; inability to cope with the routine duties of everyday life; pessimistic attitude towards the future and a negative assessment of the past; social exclusion; reduced need for communication.

Differential diagnostics

It should be differentiated from a mild depressive episode, the initial stage of Alzheimer’s disease. In a mild depressive episode, suicidal thoughts and ideas are present. In the initial stages of Alzheimer’s disease and other organic disorders of depression become protracted, organics can be identified neuropsychologically and with the help of other objective research methods.

Dysthymia Treatment (Mood Decline)

With a reduced mood, Prozac, sleep deprivation treatment and enotherapy are indicated. Sometimes 2-3 sessions of nitrous oxide, amytal-caffeine disinhibition and intravenous administration of novocaine, as well as nootropic therapy, give the effect.

Dissociative Seizures

What is Dissociative Seizures?

Dissociative seizures (pseudo-fits) are seizures that very accurately mimic an epileptic seizure, but without life-threatening manifestations (dangerous falls, biting of the tongue, loss of consciousness is absent and memory is kept for events of this period, stupor or trance may occur).

Causes of Dissociative Seizures

Situational conditionality

Symptoms of Dissociative Seizures

The main feature is sudden and unexpected jerky movements, for which stereotype is not observed and a certain theatricality is characteristic. Duration from minutes to hours. The demonstrative character emphasizes what happens in the presence of outside observers and disappears when they lose interest in the patient. More often abortive forms are encountered – fainting, tears or laughter, tremor of the whole body with external signs of loss of consciousness without actually losing it. In childhood, there is a protest reaction when adults refuse to fulfill the child’s demands.

Diagnosis of Dissociative Seizures

For a reliable diagnosis, the following criteria should be:

  • The absence of a physical disorder that could explain the symptoms that characterize the disorder (but there may be physical disorders that give rise to other symptoms).
  • There is a convincing link in time between the onset of symptoms of the disorder and stressful events, problems or needs.
  • Sudden and unexpected spastic movements, resembling any variants of epileptic seizures, but without subsequent loss of consciousness.
  • Convulsions are not accompanied by a bite of the tongue, serious bruises or injuries due to a fall or involuntary urination, loss of consciousness, pupillary reaction to light is maintained.

Differential diagnosis: Should be distinguished from epileptic seizures.

Treatment of Dissociative Seizures

Emotional stress psychotherapy, psychoanalysis.

Dissociative Disorders of Motility

Causes of Dissociative Motility Disorders

Psychological stress, avoidance of conflict by flight to the disease.

Symptoms of Dissociative Motility Disorders

Full or partial paralysis of the limb (mono-, those- and paraparesis and plegia), ataxia, astasia-abasia, apraxia, akinesia, aphonia, dysarthria, blepharospasm.

Evaluation of the patient’s mental state suggests that a decrease in productivity resulting from the loss of function helps him to avoid unpleasant conflict or to express his dependence or indignation indirectly. A significant factor is the behavior aimed at attracting attention.

Diagnosis of Dissociative Motility Disorders

With dissociative paralysis, there are no pyramidal signs, disturbance of trophism and tone, and sensitivity disorders vary.

Treatment of Dissociative Motility Disorders

Psychoanalysis, hypnosis, Amital-caffeine disinhibition, behavioral therapy.

Which doctors should be consulted if you have Dissociative Motility Disorders

Psychiatrist