Sexual Abuse Cause Somatization Disorder

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    Psychol Med 1999 Mar;29(2):399-406

    characteristics of patients presenting with irritable bowel
    syndrome and

    non-epileptic attack disorder. Reilly J, Baker GA, Rhodes J,
    Salmon P. Department of Clinical Psychology, University of

    BACKGROUND: Physical symptoms are commonly presented for
    treatment in the absence of physical pathology. This study
    tests predictions

    abuse leads to emotional distress, illness orientation and
    social dysfunction as adults and that one or more of these
    effects, in turn, leads to presentation of functional (i.e.
    unexplained) symptoms. METHODS: Two groups of patients with
    physical symptoms in the absence of organic disease (non-
    epileptic attack disorder or irritable bowel syndrome) were
    contrasted with organically diseased groups with comparable
    symptoms (epilepsy and Crohn's disease, respectively).
    RESULTS: Despite their contrasting clinical presentation,
    irritable bowel and non-epileptic attack

    physical abuse, as both children and adults, than their
    comparison groups. They were also similar in being more
    emotionally and socially disturbed and illness-orientated,
    but these putative mediating variables could not account for
    the relationship of abuse with presentation of functional
    symptoms. CONCLUSIONS: Adults presenting functional
    neurological and abdominal symptoms are characterized by
    history of abuse. The

    physical, abuse in adulthood as well as childhood. The
    intervening processes that link abuse to somatization remain
    to be identified but are unlikely to include adult emotional
    and social disturbance or general illness-orientation.