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Somatoform Disorder

Madeleine Becker, MD, FAPM

Psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists specialize in managing psychiatric effects of medical treatments and medications.

A patient with lupus presents with rash, arthralgias, and altered mental status. Various symptoms, including stupor and mutism, improve with treatment but higher doses of the drug cause more sedation. How would you proceed?

An update on emerging trends in psychosomatic medicine to help clinicians address mental health stressors in psychiatric and medical settings.

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The authors shed light on a disorder that is difficult to diagnose and manage, and offer insights on how to develop an appropriate treatment plan.

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Renewed interest and emerging systematic data have highlighted the frequency and pattern of catatonic presentations in psychiatric and medical settings, including in critical illness.

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Psychiatrists need to understand the patient’s cancer diagnosis, staging, treatments and their adverse effects, and prognosis to appreciate the challenges the patient is coping with throughout treatment as well as survivorship or end-of-life.

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