The term “psychosomatic” refers to a physical illness or other condition that is caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress. In psychosomatic conditions, psychological factors play a significant role in the onset, manifestation, exacerbation, or persistence of physical symptoms. Key aspects include: It’s important to note that labeling a condition as “psychosomatic” does not mean that the physical symptoms are imaginary or “all in one’s head.” The symptoms are real and can cause significant distress or impairment. The term simply acknowledges that psychological factors play a role in the manifestation and experience of the physical symptoms.

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