Tender points or tender patients? The value of the psychiatric in-depth interview for assessing & understanding psychopathological aspects of fibromyalgia (FM)

Although the aetiology of fibromyalgia is still unexplained,

evidence favouring the role of psychopathology is

accumulating, at least in a subgroup of patients; however, the

exact aetiological significance of psychopathology in this

syndrome is difficult to assess. Various assessment strategies

have both strengths and weaknesses. Two case reports are

presented which illustrate the value of the psychiatric

in-depth interview (including psychodynamic-biographical

history taking) for assessing and understanding

psychological/psychiatric aspects of fibromyalgia.

Van Houdenhove B, Vasquez G, Neerinckx E

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