Did you know that physical symptoms and unusual body experiences or sensations are very common in people with PTSD and dissociative disorders?
These physical symptoms are known as “somatoform” symptoms and can be assessed with a simple questionnaire. The Somatic Disorders Questionnaire known as the SDQ-20 does this, and gets a mention in the DID & OSDD treatment guidelines because these physical symptoms are very common within dissociative disorders in comparison to other psychiatric conditions. A high number of symptoms significantly are typical in people with physical and sexual trauma histories alongside a psychiatric diagnosis, with those people with DID having the highest scores.
Could some of your physical symptoms be the result of the dissociation of trauma into the body, as Babette Rothschild discussed in “The Body Remembers”? How many do people with schizophrenia and a trauma history score in relation to those with complex dissociative disorders?
This new page explains more about the SDQ-20 and links to a simple questionnaire in multiple languages.
So the physical impacts of trauma for me have been numerous, and debilitating. But the good news is that things have improved. Pain is still my number one symptom and the most difficult part of my life to come to terms with. But as therapy has progressed, my body is recovering just as my mind is. I have been learning to manage my pain better: through diet, through exercise, through mood, through self-care, through rest, through appropriate medication and most recently through a TENS machine. I recently estimated that my pain levels are 70% lower than they used to be. There is hope.” from It’s a pain: the physical impact of trauma By Carolyn Spring
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