Definition of psychosomatic in US English:



  • 1(of a physical illness or other condition) caused or aggravated by a mental factor such as internal conflict or stress.

    ‘her doctor was convinced that most of Edith's problems were psychosomatic’
    • ‘Depression, anxiety, and psychosomatic disorders are the most frequently identified mental health consequences among acculturating individuals.’
    • ‘Over time they become more assertive, expressing themselves as compulsions and obsessions, phobias and prejudices, neuroses and psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘Of all the psychoanalysts to write on psychosomatic illness, none was more influential than the Berlin / Chicago psychoanalyst Franz Alexander.’
    • ‘Moreover, chronic diseases of kidneys, lung, brain, liver, joints, etc., and stress related psychosomatic illnesses cause significant morbidity in the general public.’
    • ‘What distinguishes hysteria from other kinds of neurosis or psychosomatic illness is the mutability of its symptoms, the manner in which trauma can be converted into a potentially infinite array of corporeal manifestations.’
    • ‘Because CFS lacks definitive organic causes, it is often dismissed by physicians as either a psychosomatic illness or a manifestation of clinical depression.’
    • ‘Psychological approaches to illness have expanded enormously since the medical establishment adopted the concept of psychosomatic illness to explain illnesses that could not otherwise be diagnosed or cured.’
    • ‘That it tells more of a psychosomatic illness, - the images are symptomatic of a personal trouble - than it does of a feeling of the war.’
    • ‘With increasing stress, the incidence of stress related psychosomatic and psychiatric illnesses has increased tremendously.’
    • ‘Physically, they have been put under chronic stress, causing spondylitis, back pain, insomnia, and other psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘Part 2 on physical and psychosomatic illness opens with Liakopoulou's chapter on the separation-individuation process in adolescents with chronic physical illness.’
    • ‘His site investigates psychosomatic illnesses, with emphasis on post traumatic stress disorder, chemical imbalances and childhood stress.’
    • ‘You're less likely to suffer from psychosomatic illnesses - digestive disorders, other stress disorders, headaches, vascular stress.’
    • ‘We read daily of psychosomatic disorders, and of stress exacerbating asthma, heart disease, gastric ulcers and schizophrenia. ‘Mens sana in corpore sano’, a healthy mind in a health body.’
    • ‘Hospitals report a wave of psychosomatic illnesses among patients since the landing of the Sirians on Earth: headaches, nervous fever, aching joints, insomnia and neurotic behavior.’
    • ‘Hence, our self-reported data are not supportive of the idea that MCS syndrome is primarily a psychiatric or psychosomatic condition.’
    • ‘He advanced the concept that specific unconscious conflicts are associated with various psychosomatic disorders and are the end results of prolonged physiological states that are caused by repressed conflicts.’
    • ‘Although Shorter's book says little about the contemporary experience of psychosomatic illness, it's clear that similar mind-body-culture interplay is very much alive today.’
    • ‘When early separation anxieties have been traumatic, she says, there are still many possible outcomes, ranging from psychosis and psychosomatic illness to addiction and other acting out pathology.’
    • ‘Indeed, asthma is considered by many to be the prototype of psychosomatic illness.’
    in the mind, all in the mind, psychological, irrational, stress-related, stress-induced, subjective, subconscious, unconscious
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    1. 1.1 Relating to the interaction of mind and body.
      • ‘God did not make us disembodied minds; he made us psychosomatic beings.’
      • ‘We surely are psychosomatic unities, ‘animated bodies rather than incarnated souls,’ to use a famous phrase.’
      • ‘Everything that we experience is psychosomatic because the body is always involved, whenever we look through our eyes, whenever we hear through the ears, and in everything that we experience in terms of our feelings and sensations.’