Glossary

conversion Putative psychological process whereby emotional distress is converted into physical symptoms to resolve internal conflict.

conversion disorder Disorder characterized by the presence of at least one unexplained neurological symptom thought to be caused by the process of conversion.

dissociation Putative psychological process whereby normally integrated aspects of memory become separated.

dissociative disorder Disorder characterized by at least one unexplained neurological symptom thought to be caused by the process of dissociation.

factitious illness Deliberate simulation of physical symptoms and/or signs to obtain medical attention.

hysteria Label traditionally used to describe either a condition characterized by unexplained physical symptoms or a type of personality characterized by overdramatic expression (i.e., hysterical personality disorder).

malingering Deliberate simulation of physical symptoms for personal gain.

somatization Tendency to experience or express psychological distress as physical symptoms.

somatization disorder A severe, chronic form of somatoform disorder involving multiple unexplained physical symptoms across several bodily systems.

somatoform disorder A group of disorders characterized by the presence of disabling unexplained physical symptoms for which there is no medical explanation.

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