An Approach to Symptoms at the Interface of Medicine and Psychiatry: Pain, Insomnia, Weight Loss and Anorexia, Fatigue and Forgetfulness, and Sexual Dysfunction

Oliver Freudenreich, Nicholas Kontos, Shamim H. Nejad, Anne F. Gross

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Abstract

Primary care physicians commonly deal with patients who present with a somatic complaint for which no clear organic etiology can be found. This article discusses how a psychiatrist thinks about somatic symptoms (eg, pain, insomnia, weight loss and loss of appetite, fatigue and forgetfulness, sexual dysfunction) in a patient who might have depression. The management of a patient in whom no satisfactory medical or psychiatric diagnosis can be made is also reviewed briefly.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1217-1227
Number of pages11
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Volume94
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 1 2010

Keywords

  • Fatigue
  • Insomnia
  • Pain
  • Sexual dysfunction
  • Symptoms
  • Weight loss

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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