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how to deal with physical complaints

How to deal with this problem Questions to ask the person with multiple physical complaints • When did this start? The longer duration of the symptoms, the more likely they are to be related to mental illness. • How have you been feeling emotionally? Have you been worried about anything? Have you been feeling down? […]

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When to suspect that physical complaints are related to mental illness

When to suspect that physical complaints are related to mental illness You should think of a mental illness particularly in a person who: • has more than three complaints; • has complaints that do not fit into any pattern which you associate with a physical disease; • has had the complaints for more than three […]

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Why are physical complaints relevant to mental health?

 There is a strong relationship between mental illness and physical complaints. People with mental health problems come with physical complaints for many reasons: • Worry and tension can make a person tense his muscles for long periods. This makes the muscles tender and painful. A good example of this is the ‘tension’ headache as a […]

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The person with multiple physical complaints Physical complaints are the commonest reasons for seeking help from a health worker or doctor. Many symptoms, such as fever or cough, can be explained as medical problems. However, there are some complaints for which it is often difficult to find any medical explanation. Examples of such complaints are: […]

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Physical Symptoms Anxiety Disorders

Studies have shown considerable links between anxiety disorders and substance misuse, particularly alcohol, in terms of triggering feelings of anxiety but also as a form of self-medication.People with anxiety disorders may use alcohol or drugs to cope with their symptoms; however, alcohol and drug misuse may result in anxiety disorder. Links have also been shown […]

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Why have physical treatments tended to predominate?

From a user’s perspective, the fact that psychiatric treatments are biased more towards drugs and ECT is indeed a problem. Not only do patients (understandably) expect their subjective sense of well-being to improve as a result of psychiatric treatment, they have higher expectations of the helpfulness of psychological and combined treatments than physical interventions alone. […]

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