Personality Characteristics in Psychosomatic Illness

  • G. C. Lyketsos
  • C. G. Lyketsos


In the earlier part of this century, eminent psychoanalysts differentiated a group of diseases in which they considered mental processes to be of central importance. These were (in alphabetical order): bowel diseases (ulcerative colitis and irritable bowel syndrome), bronchial asthma, duodenal ulcer, essential hypertension, rheumatoid arthritis, some skin diseases, and thyrotoxicosis. The psychogenesis and pathogenesis of these diseases were carefully studied. These studies yielded a number of theories relating specific sequences and specificities of mental and physiological events as central in the genesis of these diseases. The underlying theme was the expectation that specific personality profiles or unconscious conflicts were important to the pathogenesis of the above-mentioned diseases1,2.


Ulcerative Colitis Irritable Bowel Syndrome Duodenal Ulcer Ulcerative Colitis Patient Psychosomatic Symptom 
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  • G. C. Lyketsos
    • 1
  • C. G. Lyketsos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of AthensAthensGreece

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