Psychosomatic Disorders

Psychosomatic Disorder

What is a Psychosomatic Disorder?

The term “psychosomatic disorder” is mainly used to mean “a physical disease that is thought to be caused, or made worse, by mental factors.” The term is also used when mental factors cause physical symptoms but where there is no physical disease. For example, chest pain may be caused by stress and no physical disease can be found.

Some physical diseases are thought to be prone to be made worse by mental factors such as stress and anxiety. At any given time, a person’s mental state can affect the degree of severity of a physical disease. Physical symptoms that are caused by mental factors are also called somatization or somatoform disorders. These symptoms are due to increased activity of nervous impulses sent from the brain to various parts of the body.

A number of factors may play a role in psychosomatic disorders, such as personality traits; genetic or environmental family influences; biological factors; learned behavior and more.

How Mental Factors Can Affect Physical Conditions

A broad range of physical diseases and conditions may be especially prone to being made worse by mental factors. These include skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis; high blood pressure; heart problems and more. Psychosomatic disorders frequently affect the respiratory and gastrointestinal systems as well as the cardiovascular system.

Psychosomatic disorders can have mild to severe effects on one’s quality of life, from interfering with the normal ability to function to causing physical or mental disability.

Treatment of Psychosomatic Disorders

Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) is often the treatment of choice for a psychosomatic disorder. This therapy helps patients learn new ways to cope with and solve their problems as they gain a deeper understanding of their condition or circumstances. Patients will also learn to set realistic life goals and identify and change behaviors or thoughts that have negative effects on their lives.

What We Treat

The Center for Treatment and of Anxiety and Mood Disorders specializes in treating a wide variety of disorders including:

Types of Therapy

The Center offers cutting edge therapy designed to get you on the road to a speedy recovery. We will help you to learn how to live your daily life free from the fears or compulsions that inhibit you or your child’s ability to complete each day’s tasks.

Mindfulness Training

Mindfulness Training

Learn More

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Learn More

Psychodynamic Psychotherapy

Psychodynamic
Psychotherapy

Learn More

Medications

Medications

Learn More

Group Therapy

Group Therapy

Learn More

Intensive Weekend Programming

Intensive Weekend Programming

Learn More

In-Vivo Exposure Therapy

In-Vivo Exposure Therapy

Learn More

More Ways to Get Help Now

We offer cognitive behavior therapy, psychodynamic psychotherapy, mindfulness meditation, group therapy. and medication. Depending on your needs, here’s how you can get help now:

stock4

Online or Phone
Therapy

For individuals around the country or those wanting help from the comfort of your own home, we offer therapy via Facetime, Skype or phone.

Click for online therapy info

stock3

In Person
Treatment

We have professionals available 7 days a week. Our offices are conveniently located in the Boca/Delray area.

Call for more info

stock2

Intensive Weekend
Programs

For those who prefer a more short-term approach we offer weekend sessions for individuals or groups. Perfect for those with a less flexible work schedule.

Call for more info

Contact Us Today for a Confidential Assessment.
Call 561-496-1094 or Fill out the Form Below.

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.
Call Us (561) 496-1094