BACKGROUND: Patients with a strong somatic conviction despite an absence of objective measures of physical disease are vexing and frustrating for doctors. OBJECTIVE: This paper describes the phenomenon of somatisation and the common forms of presentation. DISCUSSION: Somatisation--the expression of distress in somatic form--is perhaps the commonest of the psychiatric phenomena seen in general practice. It is usually accompanied by degrees of depression and anxiety. General practitioners have a special opportunity for recognition and early intervention in order to prevent the development of chronic somatizing states.
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Australian Family Physician|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Jan 2000|