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Somatoform symptoms in depressive and panic syndromes.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16250789     Owner:  NLM     Status:  PubMed-not-MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
Somatoform symptoms are common features of psychological and psychosomatic disorders. This study addresses the question of whether somatoform symptoms differ in patients with panic syndromes. with depressive syndromes, or with somatization syndromes without depression or panic syndromes. We therefore investigated 135 inpatients o f a psychosomatic clinic and identified 64 patients for the depression group, 31 for the panic subgroup, and 18 for the somatization syndrome group. Neither the number of somatization symptoms nor the pattern of somatoform symptoms differed substantially among the 3 groups, except for higher frequencies of palpitations in the panic group and more abdominal pain symptoms in the depressive group. The 3 groups showed nearly identical frequency distributions of the individual somatoform symptoms. All 3 groups showed elevated hypochondriasis scores. In personality dimensions, depressive patients showed the lowest scores for extraversion. The improvements during inpatient treatment on the somatization variables, as well as general psychopathology, were also comparable. We favor the interpretation that the somatization syndrome is a fairly uniform syndrome whether or not it occurs alone or in combination with depressive syndromes or panic syndromes.
Authors:
W Rief; W Hiller; M M Fichter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of behavioral medicine     Volume:  2     ISSN:  1070-5503     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Behav Med     Publication Date:  1995  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-10-27     Completed Date:  2006-01-26     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9421097     Medline TA:  Int J Behav Med     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  51-65     Citation Subset:  -    
Affiliation:
Klinik Roseneck-Center for Behavioral Medicine, Prien am Chiemsee, Germany.
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