Your client has physical symptoms that may be serious but haven’t yet
been diagnosed. What is the best way to help him or her cope?
BY TORI DEANGELIS
Many psychologists see clients who are worried about physical symptoms with no clear organic cause, whether they are headaches, abdominal pain or more vague complaints such as fatigue or simply
feeling unwell. Depending on the severity and chronicity of the complaints, they
present a conundrum: To what extent should you be concerned that a serious
medical condition underlies the complaints, and how much should you assume
the problem is psychological and tailor treatment accordingly?