Somatic symptoms after a natural disaster: A prospective study

Javier I. Escobar, Glorisa Canino, Maritza Rubio-Stipec, Milagros Bravo

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The authors prospectively examined the prevalence of somatization symptoms among community respondents after a natural disaster in Puerto Rico. Exposure to the disaster was related to a higher prevalence of medically unexplained physical symptoms, particularly gastrointestinal ones (abdominal pain, vomiting, nausea, excessive gas) and pseudoneurological ones (amnesia, paralysis, fainting, unusual spells/double vision).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)965-967
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number7
StatePublished - 1992
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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