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Psychosomatics. 2001 Jan-Feb;42(1):63-7.

Somatization: a debilitating syndrome in primary care.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry, University of Medicine and Dentisitry of New Jersey, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Piscataway 08854, USA.

Abstract

Somatization is a significant problem for clinical medicine. Unlike somatization disorder, which is relatively rare, abridged somatization, a less severe form of somatization, is prevalent in primary care clinics. The authors examined the clinical status and functioning of patients diagnosed with a depression or anxiety disorder comorbid with abridged somatization and compared them with patients diagnosed with a depression or anxiety disorder alone. The authors examined severity of physical functioning and psychopathology in relation to diagnostic status. Patients diagnosed with both abridged somatization and a depression or anxiety disorder were more physically impaired and more anxious than those diagnosed with a depression or anxiety disorder alone. The results suggest that abridged somatization frequently coexists with depression and anxiety and thus complicates the presentation of these disorders.

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11161123
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