Amplification is to amplify physical symptoms based on psychological factors such as anxiety or depression: "somatosensory amplification refers to the tendency to experience somatic sensation as intense, noxious, and disturbing. What may be a minor 'twinge' or mild 'sorenes' to the stoic, is a severe, consuming pain to the amplifier."
Amplification is not recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.
- Sudden loud noises really disturb me
- I'm very uncomfortable when I'm in a place that is too hot or too cold
- I can't stand pain as well as most people can
- I find I'm often aware of various things happening in my body
- I'm quick to sense the hunger contractions in my stomach
- Type A personality trait may be associated with delayed recovery after organic illness.
- People with premorbid abnormal scores on the Depression and Morale-Loss subscales of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Index (MMPI) have delayed recovery of future respiratory tract infections.
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