Tobe EH. Soul Sickness: A Frequently Missed Diagnosis. J Am Osteopath Assoc 2010;110(10):609. doi: https://doi.org/10.7556/jaoa.2010.110.10.609.
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Physicians can assist patients in regaining hope by encouraging them to focus on new, adaptive behaviors. As osteopathic physicians, we can use our skills in osteopathic manipulative treatment to manage the demoralization-related physical symptoms of patients.
“Soul sickness,” or demoralization, is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and a perceived sense of incompetence. This condition typically involves vague, unexplained physical symptoms.
Unfortunately, such [diagnostic] tests and images designed to reduce physician uncertainty often raise additional uncertainties rather than provide answers about patients' conditions.
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