Physical Illness and Psychiatric Symptoms
There are few, if any, psychiatric symptoms that cannot be caused or aggravated by physical illnesses. The nonspecificity of altered mood, behavior, or perception requires that clinicians continually contend with the possibility that there may be an underlying nonpsychiatric disease process accounting entirely for or contributing to an apparent “functional” disorder. Despite this ubiquitous dilemma and numerous hoary tales of misdiagnosis, studies that might delineate the validity of this concern are few and not entirely satisfactory.
KeywordsPsychiatric Symptom Essential Tremor Medical Illness Physical Illness Visual Hallucination
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