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Acta Psychiatr Scand. 1994 Mar;89(3):174-9.

Somatization in patients newly admitted to a neurological department.

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Départment of Neurology, Aalborg Hospital, Denmark.

Abstract

The incidence of somatization and sociodemographic, clinical and mental factors in 100 consecutive patients newly admitted to a neurological department was investigated. Forty percent of the neurological inpatients were somatizers; they reported higher levels of distress and hypochondriacal concerns and were more often considered as having significant mental disorders by the neurologists. The somatizers were similar to patients with organic symptoms with respect to sociodemographic factors, duration of and number of symptoms, mode of admission and earlier consultations of and number of symptoms, mode of admission and earlier consultations of psychiatric or other specialists. Most of the patients with somatization only believed that psychological factors influenced their somatic symptoms. No sex differences were found except that female somatizers had shorter duration of admission.

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8178675
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