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Sleep Therapy in Psychosomatic Illness.

Leon Marder, M.D.; and J. D. Hoogerbeets, M.D.
Ann Intern Med. 1968;68(5):1193. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-68-5-1193_2
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Question has been raised whether psychosomatic fc illness represents a true entity or whether it may be a depressive reaction in which the psychosomatic symptoms mask underlying symptoms of depression. Fear of loss of the significant love object, either real or fantasied, may represent the important stressful event that leads to the development or exacerbation of psychosomatic disorders.

A study to develop better understanding of psychodynamics and physiological correlates of psychosomatic illness attempted to identify the presence of depression indirectly by searching for real or fantasied object loss in the patients' history, by exposure to a battery of psychological tests,


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