Partnering with a mental health specialist is one solution, although only a minority of such specialists have either the interest or expertise to manage MUS and functional somatic syndromes
I found the distinction between the research on psychiatric morbidity and that on abnormal personality in relation to functional somatic syndrome
to be arbitrary and even confusing.
Changes in illness perceptions mediated the effect of cognitive behavioural therapy in severe functional somatic syndromes
Pain/depression dyad: a key to a better understanding and treatment of functional somatic syndromes
Pain and the treatment of fibromyalgia and functional somatic syndromes
The first studies of milnacipran's efficacy in the treatment of depressed mood in Functional Somatic Syndromes
patients are anticipated to begin in early 2003.
Barsky and Bores (7) seemed to distinguish short-term symptoms from the chronic symptoms of somatization and somatoform disorders by including many symptoms that often are brief and self-limited in what they called functional somatic syndromes
(eg, palpitations, dizziness, lightheadedness, sore throat, and dry mouth).
A distinct and unambiguous case was made for the H-P-A axis--environmental stress interaction in the etiology and course of functional somatic syndromes
Fibromyalgia and other pain disorders may need to be considered as functional somatic syndromes
resulting from stress and emerging when a person is overwhelmed by life's difficulties.