Mind-body interactions in anxiety and somatic symptoms

Mallorquí-Bagué, Núria, Bulbena, Antonio, Pailhez, Guillem, Garfinkel, Sarah N. and Critchley, Hugo D. (2016) Mind-body interactions in anxiety and somatic symptoms. Harvard Review of Psychiatry, 24 (1). pp. 53-60. ISSN 1067-3229

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Abstract

Anxiety and somatic symptoms have a high prevalence in the general population. A mechanistic understanding of how different factors contribute to the development and maintenance of these symptoms, which are highly associated with anxiety disorders, is crucial to optimize treatments. In this article, we review recent literature on this topic and present a redefined model of mind-body interaction in anxiety and somatic symptoms, with an emphasis on both bottom-up and top-down processes. Consideration is given to the role played in this interaction by predisposing physiological and psychological traits (e.g., interoception, anxiety sensitivity, and trait anxiety) and to the levels at which mindfulness approaches may exert a therapeutic benefit. The proposed model of mind-body interaction in anxiety and somatic symptoms is appraised in the context of joint hypermobility syndrome, a constitutional variant associated with autonomic abnormalities and vulnerability to anxiety disorders.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: Brighton and Sussex Medical School > Neuroscience
Subjects: R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neurosciences. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Depositing User: Jonathan Williams
Date Deposited: 11 Jan 2016 13:46
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2017 13:43
URI: http://srodev.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/59071
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