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Physical symptoms

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It is important to note that any physical symptom may be a result of a psychiatric disorder. This said, important and commonly seen symptoms include:

  • somatic features of anxiety - raised sympathetic tone resulting in palpitations, tremor etc.
  • pain - occurring in masked depression
  • disorders of primary sense and voluntary motor systems, as in hysteria
  • disturbance of the so-called vegetative functions, e.g.:
    • appetite - loss, anorexia, bulimia
    • sexual - drive, orgasmic
    • sleep - increased, decreased, anomalous

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