oa South African Medical Journal - Psychosomatic aspects of ulcerative colitis

Volume 27, Issue 19
  • ISSN : 0256-9574
  • E-ISSN: 2078-5135



A brief review has been given of the literature concerning the psychosomatic aspects of ulcerative colitis, together with case reports of 5 patients treated by psychotherapy. The findings insofar as personality traits, precipitating factors and the relationship of the course of the disease to life situations, bear a marked similarity to the conclusions of previous studies. The success of psychotherapy in certain cases would seem to confirm the need for further work in this field, particularly in the early stage of the disease.

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