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Talk Therapy Plus Self-Help May Fight Pain

Study Shows Talk Therapy and Self-Help Workbook Help Patients With Unexplained Symptoms

Unexplained Symptoms continued...

Paul J. Mattis, PhD, the director of neuropsychology at North Shore University Hospital and an assistant investigator at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, N.Y., says that U.S. doctors see people with these unexplained symptoms "all of the time."

Some symptoms have no physical cause, while others have a physical cause but may still be exacerbated by stress. In either case, CBT is useful, he says.

"It would be wonderful if every medical clinic could have a therapist in it, but the new approach can be extremely useful as a first step and could be used within the medical practice for when there is a stress-related symptom," Mattis says.

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