Category: Somatization

  • Somatic symptoms

    “When are somatic symptoms due to anger turned inward (repression) versus “sympathy symptoms”, expressions of guilt and sympathy with the loved other? Are the symptoms both an attack on the self and an expression of unconscious guilt? What is the best way to understand this issue of self-attack versus guilt as seen in somatic symptoms?”…

  • Is it a medical or a psychological condition?

    “Sometimes patients believe their physical condition explains psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety. The diagnosis can, e.g., be hypothyroidism. The patient then believes this is why she has been depressed, sad, without energy and joie de vivre. The physical diagnosis becomes used as another defense, making psychological treatment very difficult. How I can intervene…