Tuesday, October 18, 2011

The Neurosomatic Syndrome

Neurosomatics are a brain/body illness, not a mind/body one. The Neurosomatic Syndrome is comprised of a group of illnesses, disorders and symptoms previously considered unrelated, other than their ostensible functional component. These complaints range from Migraine to Irritable Bowel Syndrome, from Fibromyalgia to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, from Bulimia to Panic Disorder and Depression and Mania and Anxiety, with many other components, too.
Common to most patients with the Neurosomatic Syndrome are many consultants, many tests, and marginal improvement. Also common are many bills and many pills. And all too often the pills have included the SSRIs which have served to numb the patient, take away their feelings, require more pills for the side effects, and abject misery, or worse, when an attempt is made to stop taking them.
There is an unavoidable connection between the Neurosomatic Syndrome and the SSRIs because of the prevalent prescription of these drugs for component symptoms of the Neurosomatic Syndrome and concomitant bad outcomes. Most of you reading this probably already know this from personal experience. Please peruse the rest of this Web site to learn more.

Dr. Goodman describes his discovery, and it's effective and safe treatment in his groundbreaking book, IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD: A Monograph on Wellness for the New Millennium. In it are described multiple case studies, the scientific foundation, and the proper, simple treatment. It is a book that can be read and understood by everyone.

Neurosomatics: The Syndrome

The Primary components of the Neurosomatic Syndrome are:

Fibromyalgia & Myofascial Pain Syndrome
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Mood Disorders: Unipolar, Bipolar, Dysthymia & Cyclothymia
Headaches: Migraine, Cluster, Midline, etc.
Irritable Bowel Syndrome/Colitis
Peptic Ulcer & Gastroesophageal Reflux Disorder
Anxiety Disorders: Generalized, Panic & Social
Sleep Problems: Restless, tooth-grinding, non-restorative.
Eating Disorders: particularly Bulimia and Carbohydrate Cravings
High Blood Pressure: Mild to Moderate & Essential.

Related Symptoms of the Neurosomatic Syndrome include:

, Asthma, Eczema,TMJ
 ,Cold hands and feet

Patients with the Neurosomatic Syndrome frequently have been mis-diagnosed with:

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Hypochondria.

ALL of these symptoms need not be present in an individual at the same time. Various ones may occur, and wax and wane throughout a persons life. And one does not need to have had all of them to have the Neurosomatic Syndrome. Dr. Goodman has developed a Neurosomatic Scale to help identify the Syndrome. This is explained in his book, IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD: A Monograph on Wellness for the New Millennium.
Individuals afflicted with the Neurosomatic Syndrome have been diagnosed with a panoply of these problems, have seen a platoon of consultants, have been subjected to exhaustive and exhausting evaluations and have received a veritable cornucopia of prescriptions. This usually is done independently by each consultant with a separate battery of tests and a separate barrage of prescriptions for the specific organ system or symptom in question.
People with the Neurosomatic Syndrome have obvious if undiagnosed irregularity in the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. They have excessively reactive, or over-reactive Autonomic Nervous Systems. All have a disorder of carbohydrate metabolism virtually identical to that seen in Stein-Leventhal Syndrome (Polycystic Ovary Syndrome-PCOS) leading to elevated insulin levels and pseudo-bulimia. And all have a sleep disorder equivalent to Periodic Limb Movement Disorder-Restless Legs Syndrome (PLMD-RLS).
The great preponderance of people with the Neurosomatic Syndrome have been treated with one or more of the SSRIs: Prozac, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxil, Celexa, Effexor, Lexapro, et al. These make matters worse, although the patients often are so numbed and obliterated by these drugs and the next wave of drugs prescribed to treat the SSRI side-effects that they really can't tell if they feel better or worse or anything at all.
To add insult to injury, abundant numbers of patients with the Neurosomatic Syndrome, including those improperly treated with SSRIs, are told by their Doctors and therapists that they really must not want to get better, that they are not trying hard enough!


  1. I just came across this post while researching for my blog, Seeking Equilibrium. I've always believed Fibromyalgia is primarily a neurological disorder that points to a problem in the HPA axis. I am really excited to learn more about your work!I will be downloading it off Itunes. Thanks so much!!

  2. Interesting, never heard of this. Definitely sounds like me. In fact my psychologist kept sending me to endocrinologist because he in fact was convinced that there was dysregulation with my Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis. I have other weird symptoms like chronic hunger and did struggle with bulimia for years.