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Psychotherapeutic examination of patients with suspected chronic solvent intoxication. An overview.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7111619     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
A group of 13 patients, most of them house or industrial painters with strong evidence of chronic solvent intoxication were given psychotherapy, with a view to ascertaining whether psychological factors may have contributed to the signs and symptoms that had persisted after the acute manifestations had either diminished or ceased altogether. All the patients were found to have experienced severe psychic traumata during their first year of life-the preverbal period. This had resulted in defective development of language, which was reflected in a lack of words for expressing emotions; instead these were expressed nonverbally as somatic symptoms. The results of the study indicate unequivocally that in none of the 13 patients were the symptoms due to the toxic effect of solvents, all of them having a psychological rather than a somatic causation. After an analysis of the symptoms by means of an established psychotherapeutic method they diminished in severity and a number of the patients recovered completely.
N Lindberg; E Basch-Kåhre; E Lindberg
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychotherapy and psychosomatics     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0033-3190     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychother Psychosom     Publication Date:  1982  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-10-21     Completed Date:  1982-10-21     Revised Date:  2009-11-11    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0024046     Medline TA:  Psychother Psychosom     Country:  SWITZERLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  36-63     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Conflict (Psychology)
Defense Mechanisms
Disability Evaluation
Middle Aged
Personality Development
Psychotherapy / methods*
Socioeconomic Factors
Substance-Related Disorders / psychology*,  therapy

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