Social Anxiety Specialist

Latitude Mental Health

Psychiatrists, Therapist, & Medical Wellness services located in West LA, Los Angeles, CA

When pain or other physical symptoms cause you extreme anxiety, you may suffer from an adjustment disorder to the chronic medical illness. Dr. Armin Hoes of Latitude Mental Health in West Los Angeles treats this condition with compassion and understanding, helping relieve your mental and emotional anxiety associated with chronic pain and other health concerns. For a consultation, call or book an appointment online today.

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What is adjustment disorder to chronic medical illness?

Adjustment disorder to a chronic medical illness, known as somatic symptom disorder (SSD), is a condition where you experience high levels of anxiety in response to physical symptoms. With this disease, even mild symptoms of minor health conditions can cause extreme emotional, mental, or behavioral responses, and are referred to as secondary mental health symptoms.

This condition is characterized by your response to the physical symptoms, rather than the symptoms themselves. It affects more women than men and often presents itself by the age of 30.

It is often difficult to diagnose somatic symptom disorder and the physical symptoms in association with it. Because the emotional response is often inconsistent with the symptoms and there is often no discernable underlying physical cause for pain and other problems, they can often be misdiagnosed.

What causes adjustment disorder to chronic medical illness?

The underlying cause for this condition is not always clear. For some, there may be a history of sexual or physical abuse or a family history of this disease. Those who have anxiety, a negative outlook, and emotional sensitivity are often at higher risk for adjustment to chronic medical Illness.

What are symptoms of adjustment disorder to chronic medical illness?

In response to physical conditions or symptoms, someone suffering from an adjustment disorder to chronic medical illness or SSD may have:

  • Chronic pain
  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • General weakness

While this is initially in response to an underlying physical illness, ongoing anxiety and heightened emotions can also cause symptoms not associated with any confirmed illness or diagnosed condition.

Conditions like functional neurological symptom disorder or functional gastrointestinal disorder, which have symptoms with no discernable physical cause, can often be treated by addressing the anxiety associated with this disease.

What treatments are available for adjustment disorder to chronic medical Illness?

Initially, Dr. Hoes takes care to assess and accurately diagnose your physical, emotional, and mental symptoms. Treatment for this condition focuses on the underlying anxiety and extreme emotional responses associated with your physical symptoms.

Dr. Hoes uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a form of talk therapy. This type of therapy helps you identify the roots of your adjustment disorder to your chronic medical illness and establish techniques for managing your anxiety.

This condition requires compassionate and trustworthy care; you can count on the team at Latitude Mental Health to provide you the utmost in diagnosis and treatment. For a consultation regarding your treatment, call or book an appointment online today.

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