Frequent attenders (FAs) of general practitioners (GPs) often complain of nonspecific physical symptoms that are difficult to define according to typical medical syndromes criteria but could be acknowledged as atypical manifestations of mental disorders. We investigated the possible correlation between somatic symptoms and panic-agoraphobic spectrum symptoms in a sample of 75 FAs of GPs in Italy, with particular attention to the impact on functional impairment. Assessments included the Patient Health Questionnaire, Panic-Agoraphobic Spectrum-Self-Report (PAS-SR) lifetime version, Global Assessment of Functioning, and Clinical Global Impression. The PAS-SR total and domains scores were significantly higher among low-functioning FAs, especially anxious somatizations, hypochondriasis, anxious expectation, and reassurance orientation domains, suggesting this undetected symptom may determine the selective attention to the physical symptoms, illness-phobic/hypochondriac elaboration, and GP frequent attendance, often aimed at searching for reassurance, leading to severe impact on overall functioning and often inefficacious treatments.
|Autori:||Carmassi, Claudia; DellʼOste, Valerio; Cordone, Annalisa; Pedrinelli, Virginia; Cappelli, Andrea; Ceresoli, Diana; Massimetti, Gabriele; Nisita, Cristiana; DellʼOsso, Liliana|
|Titolo:||Relationships Between Somatic Symptoms and Panic-Agoraphobic Spectrum Among Frequent Attenders of the General Practice in Italy|
|Anno del prodotto:||2020|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI):||10.1097/NMD.0000000000001163|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||1.1 Articolo in rivista|