Cognitive behavior therapy for functional somatic complaints. The example of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Somatic complaints such as pain and fatigue that are unexplained by conventional disease are common in medical practice and are referred to as functional, somatoform, or somatization symptoms. Despite frequent chronicity, disability, and high associated medical costs, patients with these complaints are rarely offered either constructive explanations or effective treatment. In this perspective, a cognitive-behavioral approach to the problem is described, using chronic fatigue syndrome as an ex...Expand abstract
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