Dr. med. Hans Steiner

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  • Respiratory stridor and repressive defense style in adolescent somatoform disorders. Acta paedopsychiatrica Smith, C., Steiner, H. 1992; 55 (4): 199-202


    Three cases of adolescents with respiratory stridor of psychiatric etiology are described. All three fulfilled DSM-III-R criteria for diagnoses of somatoform disorders and showed characteristics of repressive defense style. Such patients are likely to undergo extensive medical investigation and treatment if the psychiatric nature of their disorder is not recognized, but few data describing their psychological characteristics or treatment exist. Repressors are typically unaware of emotional arousal and do not recognize the negative affects which lead to their somatic symptoms. They therefore respond poorly to confrontational psychotherapy and are at risk of discontinuing treatment and repeating their maladaptive symptom cycle. Identification of repressive defense style in patients with stridor which has no obvious organic cause may be useful both as a possible "marker" of psychiatric disorder and as a guide to treatment.

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