Medically unexplained symptoms: a new model

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    Abstract

    Patients with chronic medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are frequently encountered in medical practice. Despite the distress, disability and resource utilization associated with MUS, these conditions remain poorly understood. This contribution describes a novel account of MUS that combines existing models in this area within a common explanatory framework based on cognitive psychological principles. According to the model, some MUS can be understood as distortions in bodily consciousness or control produced by the over-activation of symptom representations in memory. The primary goal of treatment is to minimize the repetitive re-allocation of attention onto symptoms that maintain this process. © 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)43-47
    Number of pages4
    JournalPsychiatry (Abingdon)
    Volume5
    Issue number2
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2006

    Keywords

    • cognitive behavioural therapy
    • consciousness
    • conversion disorder
    • medically unexplained symptoms
    • psychological medicine
    • somatization
    • somatoform disorder

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