Meridian Health Protocol

by Rosaria Wetzell (30.09.2020)

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Factitious Disorder - This is a Meridian Health Protocol Review mental disorder in which the client deliberately feigns or produces symptoms of a psychological or physical disorder. The motivation for this is that the client wants to assume a sick role. There are no external incentives and the client is not trying to gain or avoid anything as is the case for those who are malingering. Somatisation Disorder - This term describes a client who has a number of physical complaints beginning before they are 30 years of age but lasting over a period of several years that cannot be medically explained. Diagnosis includes criteria of at least four pain symptoms, two gastrointestinal symptoms, one sexual symptom and one pseudo neurological symptom over time that interfere with their ability to function. The symptoms are not intentionally feigned or produced. Those who are malingering or who experience a factitious or somatisation disorder can be costly to society. Their absenteeism, received insurance benefits and use of medical resources drain society and prevent those who need the services from receiving them in a timely manner. This article is not meant to alarm readers or lead you into a situation of trying to apply labels to friends or family members. It is merely to raise awareness to the fact that there are specific terms which are used by professionals which might not be commonly known. Medical professionals are constantly becoming more and more skilled in the areas of diagnosis and treatment. Their understanding of these terms helps them to streamline the system and channel those who identify themselves as needing help into the appropriate services. Have you ever met someone whose eyebrows appear to be drawn on with pencil or been curious about people who have patchy bald spots on their head? Have you observed individuals who twist hair repeatedly before pulling it out? Perhaps you know people who are obsessed with removing hair from their bodies by pulling it out with their fingers.

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