Chapter 3. Somatisation and Dissociation

  1. Prabha S. Chandra1,
  2. Helen Herrman2,3,
  3. Jane Fisher4,5,
  4. Marianne Kastrup6,
  5. Unaiza Niaz7,8,
  6. Marta B. Rondón9 and
  7. Ahmed Okasha10
  1. Santosh K. Chaturvedi and
  2. Ravi Philip Rajkumar

Published Online: 18 SEP 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch3

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society

How to Cite

Chaturvedi, S. K. and Rajkumar, R. P. (2009) Somatisation and Dissociation, in Contemporary Topics in Women's Mental Health: Global perspectives in a changing society (eds P. S. Chandra, H. Herrman, J. Fisher, M. Kastrup, U. Niaz, M. B. Rondón and A. Okasha), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746738.ch3

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

  2. 2

    Orygen Youth Health Research Centre, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  3. 3

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Mental Health, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 4

    Key Centre for Women's Health in Society, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  5. 5

    WHO Collaborating Centre in Women's Health, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia

  6. 6

    Transcultural Psychiatry, Psychiatric Department, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

  7. 7

    The Psychiatric Clinic & Stress Research Centre, Karachi, Pakistan

  8. 8

    The University of Health Sciences, Lahore, Pakistan

  9. 9

    Cayetano Heredia University, Lima, Peru

  10. 10

    WHO Collaborating Centre for Training and Research in Mental Health, Institute of Psychiatry, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bangalore, India

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 18 SEP 2009
  2. Published Print: 13 NOV 2009

Book Series:

  1. World Psychiatric Association Evidence and Experience in Psychiatry Series

Book Series Editors:

  1. Helen Herrman

Series Editor Information

  1. WPA Secretary for Publications, University of Melbourne, Australia

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470754115

Online ISBN: 9780470746738

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Keywords:

  • somatisation and dissociation concepts - many similarities and differences;
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD);
  • management of women with mental disorders;
  • medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS);
  • culture-related somatoform and dissociative syndromes;
  • somatoform and dissociative disorders;
  • immunological mechanisms;
  • conversion disorder - neurology and psychiatry interface;
  • neuroendocrine dysregulation and neural circuitry;
  • hypochondriasis - ‘distressing preoccupation with fear or thought’

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Somatisation – definitions and concept

  • Dissociation – definitions and concept

  • The diagnosis and classification of somatoform and dissociative disorders

  • The neurobiology of somatisation and dissociation

  • Psychosocial factors

  • Conversion disorder

  • Hypochondriasis

  • Dissociative disorders

  • Conclusions