Cognitive behavior therapy for functional somatic complaints. The example of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS)

Somatic complaints such as pain and fatigue that are unexplained by
conventional disease are common in medical practice and are
referred to as functional, somatoform, or somatization
symptoms. Despite frequent chronicity, disability, and high
associated medical costs, patients with these complaints are
rarely offered either constructive explanations or effective
treatment. In this perspective, a cognitive-behavioral
approach to the problem is described, using chronic fatigue
syndrome as an example. It is concluded that the utility of
the cognitive-behavioral theory and the proven effectiveness
cognitive behavior therapy provide the basis for a new
evidence-based approach to psychosomatics.

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