Psychogenic disease

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
For other uses, see Psychogenic.

Psychogenic diseases are physical illnesses that stem from emotional or mental stresses.[1]

In most cases, a structural or anatomical abnormality has not been identified, as seen in an organic disease, however this does not account for possible genetic, biochemical, electrophysiological or other abnormalities that may be present but for which we do not have the technology or background to identify.[2]

Psychogenic disease is a broader category than psychosomatic disease, in that it can include the hysterical form, where there is no physiologic change in peripheral tissues, as well as the psychosomatic form, where there is some physiologic alteration.[3]

Psychogenic fever is one of the most common psychosomatic diseases and usually occurs during a psychopathologic process.[citation needed] Patients with psychogenic fever have acute or persistent body temperature above normal range in psychologically stressful situations. In spite of numerous case reports on psychogenic fever, there are few epidemiological studies.[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Stress and Illness/Disease" (PDF). Retrieved 11 November 2012. [unreliable medical source?]
  2. ^ Conversion Disorders at eMedicine
  3. ^ Sarno, John E. (2006). The Divided Mind: The Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders. p. 83. ISBN 0-06-085178-3. 
  4. ^ Oka, Takakazu; Oka, Kae (2007). "Age and gender differences of psychogenic fever: a review of the Japanese literature". BioPsychoSocial Medicine 1: 11. doi:10.1186/1751-0759-1-11. PMC 1888691. PMID 17511878.