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The changing faces of somatization.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  2330395     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The prevalence of several diseases popularized by the media is examined in a group of 50 consecutive patients allegedly suffering from environmental hypersensitivity disorder. Ninety percent of patients reported suffering from at least one other "fashionable" condition, including food allergies that cause psychological symptoms, postinfectious neuromyasthenia, candidiasis hypersensitivity, and severe premenstrual syndrome. Each of the conditions named above was endorsed by at least 50% of patients. Multiple endorsements were common, and the patients' attribution of the etiology of their symptoms varied with time. Physicians must become adept at identifying and managing somatizing patients, and the public must be educated about somatization and provided with reliable information about "fashionable" illnesses.
D E Stewart
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Psychosomatics     Volume:  31     ISSN:  0033-3182     ISO Abbreviation:  Psychosomatics     Publication Date:  1990  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1990-05-31     Completed Date:  1990-05-31     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376506     Medline TA:  Psychosomatics     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  153-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Hypersensitivity / psychology*
Middle Aged
Neurasthenia / diagnosis,  psychology*
Risk Factors
Sick Role*
Social Environment*
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis,  psychology*

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