NRNP 6655 DQ Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders

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NRNP 6655 DQ Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders

NRNP 6655 DQ Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders

Patients with somatic symptom-related disorders suffer from disproportionate feelings, thoughts, or
behaviors related to physical symptoms. These disorders may manifest as excessive anxiety given the
severity of a diagnosis or as pain or symptoms that don’t have a specific physical cause and are then
attributed to psychological factors. Although it may be easier for some to understand and accept a
physical diagnosis, somatic symptom-related disorders demonstrate the amazing connection between
mind and body.
This week, you will explore the relationship between cognitive and physical symptoms in somatic
symptom-related disorders.

Learning Resources

Required Readings (click to expand/reduce)

Sadock, B. J., Sadock, V. A., & Ruiz, P. (2015). Kaplan & Sadock’s synopsis of psychiatry (11th ed.).
Wolters Kluwer.
 Chapter 13, “Psychosomatic Medicine”
Thapar, A., Pine, D. S., Leckman, J. F., Scott, S., Snowling, M. J., & Taylor, E. A. (2015). Rutter’s child and
adolescent psychiatry (6th ed.). Wiley Blackwell.
 Chapter 72, “Somatoform and Other Related Disorders”

Required Media (click to expand/reduce)

Osmosis. (2017, April 3). Somatic symptom disorder – causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatment,
pathology [Video]. YouTube.

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KeltyMentalHealth. (2014, November 5). Body talk: Stories of somatization. [Video]. YouTube.

The Feed SBS. (2015, April 30). Conversion disorder. [Video]. YouTube.

Assessing, Diagnosing, and Treating Patients With Somatic Symptom-Related Disorders
Effectively treating patients with somatic symptom-related disorders begins with comprehensive
assessment and understanding of the symptoms and duration of the patient’s complaints. As a
practitioner, you will need to listen to your patients and know what questions to ask in order to elicit the
information that will allow you to determine the most effective diagnosis. You will have to do this while
understanding that there could be more than one disorder contributing to the symptoms that are
disrupting their daily lives. When you believe you have established the diagnosis, you must then
consider a course of treatment that will work best for a particular patient. For the same disorder, both
pharmacological and nonpharmacological treatments may be considered depending on the needs of the

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There is no Assignment due this week. You should spend this week reviewing the Learning Resources on
somatic symptom-related disorders and preparing for your final exam, which you will take next week.

What’s Coming Up in Week 11?

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In Week 11, the final week of the course, you will consider disruptive, impulse-control, and conduct
disorders. By the end of the week, you will also complete your final exam, which covers material from
Week 7 through Week 11.
Next Week

To go to the next week:
Week 11

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