psychophysiological disorder

psychophysiological disorder

any of a large group of mental disorders that is characterized by the dysfunction of an organ or organ system controlled by the autonomic nervous system and that may be caused or aggravated by emotional factors. The disorders are named and classified according to the organ system involved, such as cardiovascular, respiratory, musculoskeletal, and GI. Also called psychosomatic illness, psychosomatic reaction.

psychophysiological disorder

An out-dated term for somatization disorder.
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anorexia nervosa A psychophysiological disorder usually occurring in young women that is characterized by an abnormal fear of becoming obese, a distorted self-image, a persistent unwillingness to eat, and severe weight loss.
To expand the previous definition, a physiological condition could now be increased by psychological stress in a psychophysiological disorder.
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The physician may be behaviorally handicapped because of impairment problems (including the outcomes of chemical, food, sexual, drug, and gambling dependencies), personality problems (sociopathy, transient psychosis, anxiety disorders), psychophysiological disorders (circadian rhythm disease, psychosomatic diseases), learning disabilities (making it difficult to keep up), and emotional problems associated with somatic diseases.

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