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BMC Psychiatry. 2013 May 25;13:149. doi: 10.1186/1471-244X-13-149.

'Pseudoneurological' symptoms, dissociation and stress-related psychopathology in healthy young adults.

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Center for Neuropsychiatric Research of Traumatic Stress & Department of Psychiatry, First Faculty of Medicine of Charles University, Ke Karlovu 11, 128 00 Prague, Czech Republic. petrbob@netscape.net

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Somatoform dissociation is a specific form of dissociation with somatic manifestations represented in the form of 'pseudoneurological' symptoms due to disturbances or alterations of normal integrated functions of consciousness, memory or identity mainly related to trauma and other psychological stressors. With respect to the distinction between psychological and somatoform manifestations of dissociation current data suggest a hypothesis to which extent mild manifestations of 'pseudoneurological' symptoms in healthy young population may be linked to stress-related psychopathological symptoms or whether these symptoms more likely could be attributed to unexplained somatic factors.

METHODS:

With this aim we have assessed the relationship between somatoform dissociation and stress-related psychopathology (i.e. anxiety, depression, symptoms of traumatic stress, alexithymia) in a group of 250 healthy non-psychiatric and non-clinical young adults.

RESULTS:

Results of this study show that the symptoms of somatoform dissociation are significantly linked to stress-related psychopathology.

CONCLUSIONS:

Findings of this study show that the 'pseudoneurological' symptoms may be linked to stress-related psychopathological processes which indicate that also mild levels of stress may influence somatic feelings and may lead to various somatoform dissociative symptoms.

PMID:
23705894
PMCID:
PMC3667100
DOI:
10.1186/1471-244X-13-149
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