Is the Irritable Bowel Syndrome Really “Psychosomatic”?

  • G. N. Christodoulou
  • B. Alevizos
Conference paper


The purpose of this paper is to compare the characteristics of two illnesses thought to be typically “psychosomatic” and to look into their similarities and differences. Of course, if one accepts the holistic concept1, all illnesses are psychosomatic but, to paraphrase George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” (“all animals are equal but some animals are more equal than others”), all illnesses are psychosomatic but some psychosomatic illnesses may be more psychosomatic than others. In other words the psychosocial element maybe more pronounced in some illnesses than in others.


Irritable Bowel Syndrome Peptic Ulcer Stressful Life Event Psychosomatic Medicine General Psychopathology 


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© Plenum Press, New York 1987

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. N. Christodoulou
    • 1
  • B. Alevizos
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Eginition HospitalAthens UniversityAthensGreece

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