Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders

  • Hypochondria: Diagnosis

    Dr. Jon LaPook talks about hypochondria and when it becomes a problem. Dr. Bill Fisher explains that hypochondria is an overwhelming fear of having a serious disease. It must cause extreme distress and or dysfunction and last for at least six months. Another man explains how he thinks he has hypochondriac tendencies. How much of the U.S. population is afflicted…

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  • Conversion Disorder

    This is a clip from an episode of The Pretender that outlines the causes and effects of Conversion disorder. Conversion disorder can’t always be cured and often takes weeks of therapy. There are no medical symptoms for the disorder, but the problems in the patient are very real. What are the symptoms of conversion disorders? What are possible causes of…

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  • Living with Dissociative Identity Disorder Herschell Walker

    Former star NFL running back and Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker discusses his experiences with Dissociative Identity Disorder (DID), otherwise known as multiple personality disorder. In this conversation with Maxine Williams, Walker recounts going to a minister who recommended an exorcism. He then saw a doctor who explained the symptoms and Walker realized (after seeing differences in his own handwriting…

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  • Numb Depersonalization Disorder

    This trailer for the film Numb shows one mans experience with acute depersonalization disorder. He seeks treatment from therapists but is unable to find solace. He tries using drug therapy and becomes completely numb. How common is this condition? What are some possible causes?

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