Somatoform, Dissociative, and Factitious Disorders

  • Jeffrey M. Brandsma
  • Douglas P. Hobson


The fully functioning human brain is remarkable in its level of complexity and organization, although this fact is usually taken for granted. When difficulties arise or it suffers insult, we notice many symptom patterns, and it is difficult to attribute causality at times because of the brain’s capability of mimicking various disease states. The hypnotic literature reminds us that consciousness is not a strong or unitary gestalt, and this fact is especially striking in the area of the dissociative disorders (Fromm & Shor, 1979). But the mind-body problem and the difficulties in attributing the causality of symptoms are evident throughout this chapter.


Temporal Lobe Epilepsy Dissociative State Multiple Personality Somatization Disorder Dissociative Disorder 
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  • Jeffrey M. Brandsma
    • 1
  • Douglas P. Hobson
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Health BehaviorMedical College of Georgia, School of MedicineAugustaUSA

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