Translated title of the contribution: Essential headache as psychosomatic disease

G. Lanzi, U. Balottin

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The advisability of avoiding too many subdivisions inside essential headache is discussed in this paper. In fact the different clinical features are expressions of an identical disturb. Consistently to this concept the authors assert that when headache express an actual physical suffering, it is almost always a psychosomatic disturb. That is the case whether headache is a symptom - part of a more complex clinical picture with different degrees of manifest emotional suffering -, or it is an isolated finding - e.g., the migraine disease. The authors express their firm belief that the use of an accurate terminology should limit the attribute psychogenic (that is not psychosomatic) only to the conversional headache, which are very rare.

Translated title of the contributionEssential headache as psychosomatic disease
Original languageItalian
Pages (from-to)21-25
Number of pages5
JournalGiornale di Neuropsichiatria dell'Eta Evolutiva
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1982

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)
  • Psychology(all)


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