symptom substitution

symp·tom sub·sti·tu·tion

an unconscious psychological process by which a repressed impulse is indirectly manifested through a particular symptom, for example, anxiety, compulsion, depression, hallucination, obsession.
Synonym(s): symptom formation
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In follow-up of 2 to 5 years there was no relapse or symptom substitution.
I should note that even some eminent behavior therapists, who traditionally have disputed the idea of symptom substitution, had documented some remarkable cases of symptom substitution in patients with Conversion Disorder (Blanchard & Hersen, 1976).
My experience is that the overgen-eralized concept of symptom substitution is not applicable in most cases.
Although symptom substitution may occur in a small number of people, it's by far not a rule, and it still is important for us to treat and alleviate chronic pain problems.