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Linguistic dimensions of affect and thought in somatization disorder
Am J Psychiatry 1985;142:1150-1155.
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DSM-III has established diagnostic criteria that separate somatization disorder from other overlapping symptom configurations. Nevertheless, information regarding the experience of somatization disorder is far from complete. Terms such as "masked depression" or "alexithymia" imply that a disturbance of affect is a central but guarded issue for at least some somatizing patients. Through content analysis of speech, the authors investigated the self-experience of somatization disorder in relation to affective disorder. Rather than defended depression, a distinctive characteristic found in the language of patients with somatization disorder reflects a confused, negative self-identity.

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