Specific psychological interventions

It is important to explain the symptoms to the patient, not belittling them as trivial or unreal, but introducing the idea of mind-body interactions, for example, by explaining the physiology of anxiety, or by pointing out time links between psychological stress and onset of symptoms. Giving positive suggestions that improvement is likely to occur with time is probably helpful. Specific therapy with a cognitive-behavioural approach (see Chapter 22) may enable patients to view their symptoms in a more logical way, and gain greater control over them. In other cases, a psychodynamic approach to the conflicts underlying the physical complaint is helpful.

Eliminating Stress and Anxiety From Your Life

Eliminating Stress and Anxiety From Your Life

It seems like you hear it all the time from nearly every one you know I'm SO stressed out!? Pressures abound in this world today. Those pressures cause stress and anxiety, and often we are ill-equipped to deal with those stressors that trigger anxiety and other feelings that can make us sick. Literally, sick.

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