Coping is perhaps the most important method of dealing with psychosomatic disorders. As has been repeatedly stated in this volume, psychosomatic disorders represent an array of escape routes from painful, stressful, frightening, or embarrassing situations. In nearly all instances, psychosomatic symptoms resemble jumping from the proverbial frying pan into the fire, as the various psychosomatic disorders are more harmful to the individual than the situations that he or she is trying to run away from. Quite understandably, all treatment methods aim at helping the patient to cope with his or her problems instead of escaping into illness. In other words, all treatment methods are intended to show patients ways of dealing with their difficulties instead of creating the much worse and more harmful psychosomatic symptoms (Coelho, Hamburg, & Adams, 1978).
KeywordsCoping Behavior Coping Process Escape Route Psychosomatic Symptom Psychosomatic Disorder
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