A somaticizing adolescent: An approach to evaluation and therapy

Susan H. Pincus, Edward J. Poliandro, Leslie R. Jaffe

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Adolescents may chronically somatize as part of the symptoms of an underlying psychological disorder. Unless the underlying psychopathology is recognized by the treating physician, chronic somatization may result in high cost to the health care system due to frequent use and unnecessary biochemical and radiographic evaluation. The case presented is illustrative of the differential diagnosis and management of such a patient.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)174-177
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Adolescent Health Care
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 1983


  • Adolescent medicine
  • Adolescent psychology
  • Separation anxiety disorder
  • Somatization
  • Somatoform disorders


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