Unexplained Symptoms May Have Mental Health Root

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The New York Times features an excellent article on the nagging persistence of aches, pains, and other physical complaints, and suggests that treatment may respond best to a mental health approach:

“Two new studies by researchers who specialize in the baffling condition called somatization syndrome, estimated to affect up to 3 percent of adults, suggest that the quest for a physical explanation may take on a destructive life of its own. Instead, those with the syndrome should focus on practical strategies to regain normal function and relieve symptoms, the researchers say.”

In research studies, people demonstrated that they were likely to look for physical reasons for their complaints, often ignoring the strong possibility of psychological causes.

Click here to read “Doctors Give Hope to Patients With Long Histories of Unexplained Symptoms.”

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