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Mission and History

The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA) was founded in 2009 and incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit in 2011. Our Board of Directors is comprised of medical and mental health professionals with decades of experience diagnosing and treating Psychophysiologic Disorders (PPD) and includes representation from patient advocates.

Affecting millions of people annually, PPD can cause pain and other physical symptoms almost anywhere in the body and often in more than one location simultaneously. These symptoms are usually indistinguishable from illness due to other causes but are not linked to a diseased organ or structure. Consequently, diagnostic tests are either normal or detect abnormalities that are not causing the symptom(s).

Despite its high prevalence, few health care professionals have had formal training in identifying the psychosocial issues associated with PPD. Consequently, most people with PPD suffer needlessly when they could be successfully diagnosed and treated. The Psychophysiologic Disorders Association is dedicated to educating medical practitioners, mental health professionals, and the public about PPD and increasing the availability of practitioners skilled in PPD treatment.