I have symptoms of Covid-19, but it is somatization

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Can I have symptoms of Covid-19 and not be infected?

When you read some of the symptoms that present in patients with the coronavirus Covid-19: dry Cough, pain of head and body, difficulty breathing, some may mistakenly associate and confuse them

MEXICO CITY

Cwhen you read some of the symptoms that present in patients with the coronavirus Covid-19: dry Cough, pain of head and body, difficulty breathing, some may mistakenly associate and confuse them.

What you have is somatization: a Manifestation of pain and physical symptoms that are caused by fear and anxiety.

Specialists alert that this anxiety leads to the misinterpretation of the symptoms, also present obsessive thoughts and compulsive behaviors, and even to distrust of those around him.

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association defines the somatization as “a chronic pattern of conduct, of disease, with a style of life characterized by many medical consultations and social difficulties secondary”.

Specialist in psychiatry of the Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social (IMSS) in Jalisco, Liduvina González Herrera, explained that somatoform disorders or psychosomatic deserve the attention of a psychiatrist because there is no organic cause or physiological.

However, the patient’s physical pain is genuine, he explained to the interviewee who is the owner of the service of Psychiatry of the Hospital of Specialties IMSS in the state.

The expert warned that if the physical and emotional symptoms persist for more than two weeks may be suspected of this disorder.

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The discomfort is characterized by pain or dysfunction to bodily rotating in different areas: head, stomach and back, as well as disturbances in the sexual sphere, and involvement pseudoneurológica with sensations of paralysis or numbness of body or face.

The specialist noted that, unlike a hipocondriaco, who makes the evil in his mind, those who suffer disorder psychosomatic experience ailments or discomforts physiological secondary to emotional problems.

In addition, he warned that somehow your state of mind makes you more likely to get sick, this derivative of the depressions contribute to low defenses, so your immune system is weakened.

Such is the case of the patient from his state of anxiety you experience on a physical level, a feeling of choking or tightness in the chest that it even prevents you from breathing properly”, he stressed.

The patient with a disorder of somatization, said the expert, you can go from depression to anxiety easily, so that warrants psychiatric treatment, because the specialist will determine if you require anxiolytics or antidepressants, in addition to a therapy and psycho-behavioral.

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