Soul Sickness: A Frequently Missed Diagnosis

Charles R. Perakis, DO
Notes and Affiliations
Notes and Affiliations

Received: February 9, 2010

Accepted: February 25, 2010

Published: June 1, 2010

J Osteopath Med; 110(6): 347-349

“Soul sickness,” or demoralization, is characterized by feelings of hopelessness and helplessness and a perceived sense of incompetence. This condition typically involves vague, unexplained physical symptoms. Soul sickness can be efficiently diagnosed by asking patients a series of questions about their personal lives. Patients with this condition require a restoration of their morale and hope. Physicians can assist patients in regaining hope by encouraging them to focus on new, adaptive behaviors. As osteopathic physicians, we can use our skills in osteopathic manipulative treatment to manage the demoralization-related physical symptoms of patients.

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