Somatisation. What is it?

D. M. Clarke, G. C. Smith

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-113
Number of pages5
JournalAustralian Family Physician
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2000

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