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His-Story or Her-Story: Deconstruction of the Concepts of Somatization Towards a New Approach in Advanced Nursing Practice Care


  • Victoria Marie Soltis-Jarrett PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC

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    1. Victoria Marie Soltis-Jarrett, PhD, PMHCNS/NP-BC, is an Associate Professor and Coordinator of the PMHNP Program, University of North Carolina—School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA.
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PURPOSE:  This article will endeavor to present an alternative view of somatoform disorders, assist in understanding the possible underlying comorbid psychiatric symptoms, and identify psychopharmacological options for treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:  Recognizing symptom clusters is a useful strategy when considering psychotropic options for treatment and management.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  The alternative strategies presented and discussed in this article can contribute to a useful and positive experience for both the clinician and the individual suffering from medically unexplained physical symptoms as they promote the care, health, and well-being of the individual rather than a cure, illness, and/or disease state that needs rendering, mending, and/or surgery.