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Somatic Complaints

Mind and body appear to be more related than previously thought. What affects the mind and psychological health will often have a significant impact on the body and physical health, and vice versa. Traumatic stress often results in psychological symptoms, such as those that compose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other psychological disorders. In addition, somatic complaints are also associated with traumatic stress. In this context, somatic complaints are defined as symptoms that are experienced as physical sensations in the body. Examples include pain, headaches, muscle tension, gastrointestinal discomfort, heart palpitations, or fatigue. Medically unexplained somatic syndromes have also been described, such as fibromyalgia, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic fatigue syndrome, somatization, and conversion disorder. Although somatic complaints are common in the general population, they are ...

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