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The psychological significance of somatic complaints.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  7057147     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Patients experiencing psychological distress often come to their physicians with primarily somatic complaints. While patients provide their physicians with multiple clues that there is a functional cause to their complaints, physicians often fail to recognize these. Psychological states, including depression, schizophrenia, hypochondriasis, malingering, conversion reactions, anxiety states, the "identified patient" in a dysfunctional family, and the patient with a "hidden agenda" are examples of this somatization process. Physicians may recognize these problems and avoid needless interventions if they consider these diagnostic possibilities and ask their patients questions that differentiate the various psychological possibilities.
R Anstett; M Collins
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of family practice     Volume:  14     ISSN:  0094-3509     ISO Abbreviation:  J Fam Pract     Publication Date:  1982 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1982-04-20     Completed Date:  1982-04-20     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7502590     Medline TA:  J Fam Pract     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-9     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis
Conversion Disorder / diagnosis
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
Diagnosis, Differential
Hypochondriasis / diagnosis
Malingering / diagnosis
Middle Aged
Neurotic Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Personality Disorders / diagnosis*,  psychology
Schizotypal Personality Disorder / diagnosis
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*

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