How may I dismiss you? Let me count the ways…

blah-faceI read something really bothersome this morning – so bothersome, it’s tweaked my last raw nerve and put me in a mood.

It’s an article entitled “Top Ten Psychosomatic Symptoms” and apparently, it takes ~1 minute to read.

That should have been the first red flag. Nothing good can come of a diagnosis “aid” that takes 60 seconds to read.

Lo and behold, here are the top 10 symptoms created by your mind when the brain “attempt[s] to throw a person’s consciousness off guard by inducing physical changes in the body, in order to prevent the person from consciously experiencing difficult emotions, such as rage, sadness, and emotional distress.”

Oy. Here we go… all the ways that we’re not actually suffering from a real illness. The following may be all in your head:

  1. Chronic Pain Syndrome – not real pain… you just don’t want to deal with your emotions
  2. Fibromyalgia – odd… I thought it was settled, that it’s a real thing.
  3. Carpal Tunnel Syndrome – because repetitive stress injuries… nah, not really a thing.
  4. Gastrointestinal syndromes – maybe you should just try to relax
  5. Migraine headaches – apparently, the top-trending medical issue on Twitter is a chimera
  6. Frequent need for urination – because yer innards would never shift south and put pressure on your bladder, now would they?
  7. Tinnitus and Vertigo – okay… clearly the person writing this has never dealt with this crap on a daily basis… for years. I invite them to walk a mile in my shoes.
  8. Allergic phenomena – ’cause, like, our world is completely hypoallergenic. Not.
  9. Skin rashes (Eczema, hives, acne, etc.) – okay, possibly…
  10. Eating disorders – it’s been a long time since I read a more gross oversimplification

So, that’s the Hall of Shame for today, folks.

Be glad you don’t have the author for your therapist.

I sure am.

Author: brokenbrilliant

I am a long-term multiple (mild) Traumatic Brain Injury (mTBI or TBI) survivor who experienced assaults, falls, car accidents, sports-related injuries in the 1960s, '70s, '80s, and '90s. My last mild TBI was in 2004, but it was definitely the worst of the lot. I never received medical treatment for my injuries, some of which were sports injuries (and you have to get back in the game!), but I have been living very successfully with cognitive/behavioral (social, emotional, functional) symptoms and complications since I was a young kid. I’ve done it so well, in fact, that virtually nobody knows that I sustained those injuries… and the folks who do know, haven’t fully realized just how it’s impacted my life. It has impacted my life, however. In serious and debilitating ways. I’m coming out from behind the shields I’ve put up, in hopes of successfully addressing my own (invisible) challenges and helping others to see that sustaining a TBI is not the end of the world, and they can, in fact, live happy, fulfilled, productive lives in spite of it all.

8 thoughts on “How may I dismiss you? Let me count the ways…”

  1. Nothing quite like dealing with these overtrained “compassionate” medical practitioners. I don’t allow them inside my head too much anymore and if I get condescending crap like this coming out of them, I don’t bother to try to correct them or return! We need to figure out a way to compile all these little snippets that folks like you and I have run into and recorded to give those who must follow in our footsteps a roadmap to help them through the minefields of recovery. The disappointments start to weigh on you after a while. Be well my friend!

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  2. Great idea! I have been thinking about doing this for quite some time… along with my 86,000,000 other things I want to do. Let’s try this: Create a “meme” or a hashtag of sorts — how about #itsnotallinyourhead — for social media — Twitter, Facebook — actually I just checked, and there is such a meme — to call out the examples of practitioners’ misuse of psychology and mis-diagnosis of genuine physiological issues as mental health ones. If you add comments to this space beginning with #itsnotallinyourhead and a title — like #itsnotallinyourhead My Doctor Told Me the Pain from Cancer Was Due to Emotional Distress — and then follow it with a brief description, I’ll post it to this blog, so the title gets picked up by Twitter, and people can share it on Facebook with the hashtag intact.

    It may not solve the problem, but we can certainly make a point.

    Thanks for writing. I’m glad you mentioned this.


  3. For a more scientific and compassionate read on ‘psychosomatic symptoms’ read ‘Find Health! Discover what’s behind your symptoms’ by Dr William B Salt. Sometimes we get grumpy when we read because we have too much cognitive overload, and need to stop. Other times its because of the book!

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  4. Thanks for the tip. I was a bit worn out and grumpy when I posted about this. But when I ran it by a trusted friend, they had much the same reaction, so I wasn’t as completely off-base as I can be at times. It’s always good to know what’s behind the symptoms. I just can’t stand the approach that changing your thinking is the only thing that’s going to change the circumstances of your life.


  5. This is where the professional needs to be able to do differential diagnosis.
    Ironically, I used to practice in social work. I usually stick with meditation/ actions that might help people cope or hopefully reduce symptoms. Now, I’m getting blown off.
    I like your idea.

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