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Year : 1982  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 56-59

A Psychiatric Study Of Low Backache

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V. K Bhat

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Thirty Nine cases of low backache without demonstrable organic pathology, and a control group of 31 patients with low backache due to well documented organic cause were studied with respect to distribution of psychiatric symptoms and presence of psychiatric illness, using the Indian psychiatric Interview Schedule (IPIS) and Psychiatric Examination. The psychiatric symptoms, specially pain in some other parts of the body, dizziness, nausea, pathological worrying, restlessness etc. were found more frequently in the study group than the control. Psychiatric illness was also more frequent in the study group, the common disorders found being anxiety states, hysteria and hypochondriasis. Depression was frequent equally in functional and organic backaches.

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