The somatizing patient.

V. Holder-Perkins, T. Wise, D. E. Williams

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The authors discuss the significance of identifying primary care patients with dramatic and persistent unexplained physical (medical) symptoms, especially given the concerns about containing health care costs. Such patients are a cause of frustration to the clinician, because the clinician may experience a sense of failure after using the state of the art and still being eluded by a diagnosis. We focus on the methods for understanding somatic worry or preoccupation, which is the essential process in a variety of somatoform disorders. The second half of the article focuses on evaluation and treatment considerations and includes a discussion of both psychotherapeutic and psychopharmacologic treatment strategies for the somatizing patient.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)234-240
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent psychiatry reports
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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