It’s time to change our approach to ‘psychosomatic’ illness

By | April 8, 2019

Doctors have started making sense of a group of mystery conditions where people experience symptoms, but medical tests suggest nothing is physically wrong

Health 3 April 2019

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SOMETIMES the best tests in medicine can’t explain what is going on in our bodies. And when that happens, it is more often women who are turned away with a shrug and told the problem is “all in your head”.

That is troublesome enough if there is an identifiable physical problem: study after study has shown that women’s medical concerns are taken less seriously than men’s. Women face longer delays before getting a diagnosis, are more likely to have to return to a GP several times before being referred for investigations, and are less …

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