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Psychophysiological Disorders in Childhood and Adolescence

  • Robert Simmons
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Abstract

A psychophysiological disorder is present when a child, exposed to a stressful or upsetting situation, responds simultaneously along two dimensions:
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    At the psychological level, he reacts subjectively, feeling upset, tense, anxious, or angry.

     
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    At the physiological level, the stress activates the autonomic nervous system, causing an alteration of functioning (e.g. spasm, oversecretion, overbreathing) which, if it persists, may lead to changes in structure (e.g. ulceration, obesity).

     

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