Conversion Disorder

Conversion disorder (hysteria) describes symptoms or deficits, usually affecting sensation or voluntary motor performance, without underlying physiologic or anatomic abnormality. These symptoms suggest a disease that thorough investigation fails to reveal or substantiate. Often, they are inconsistent over time and may fail to map onto anatomically or physiologically coherent patterns. These symptoms are by definition not voluntarily produced or consciously feigned, but seem to arise in the context of a psychosocial stressor or to resolve some psychosocial dilemma confronting the patient. Suspicion is aroused when patients display personalities described as extraverted, attention-seeking, seductive, immature, and/or dependent. These stereotypical characteristics are, in fact, not of much diagnostic value; they produce numerous false-positive and false-negative assessments, and play into the prejudice that the concept of hysteria merely reflects "a parody of femininity." And the history of medicine is replete with reports of patients diagnosed with hysteria succumbing to undiagnosed illnesses (Shorter, 1992).*

Constipation Prescription

Constipation Prescription

Did you ever think feeling angry and irritable could be a symptom of constipation? A horrible fullness and pressing sharp pains against the bladders can’t help but affect your mood. Sometimes you just want everyone to leave you alone and sleep to escape the pain. It is virtually impossible to be constipated and keep a sunny disposition. Follow the steps in this guide to alleviate constipation and lead a happier healthy life.

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