Differential diagnosis of somatopsychic disorders

Richard C.W. Hall, William P. Gruzenski, Michael K. Popkin

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Abstract

A substantial number of patients who present with psychiatric symptoms are suffering from underlying or unrecognized medical illnesses. Only by an awareness of differential diagnostic factors and a high index of suspicion can the clinician avoid misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment of these somatically ill patients. The authors discuss some of the general characteristics that can help differentiate medical illness from primary psychiatric illness, and outline the psychiatric findings commonly associated with a number of physical illnesses.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)381-385
Number of pages5
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume20
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979

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