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9. September, 2013|Blog, Uncategorized|No comments

What is MUS (Medically Unexplained Symptoms)?

MUS includes both symptoms in the absence of apparent illness and the emergence of severe symptoms in those who have only mild illness.

Emotional aches can be mistaken for physical ones and the link between physical and medical health is not a new thing. Since ancient times it has been accepted that emotional balance can help protect our health and well-being.  However, this is often not recognised and becomes a problem when it leads to frequent medical visits for feared but non-existent physical illness.  Studies in the UK have concluded that 15 to 30 per cent of patients who consult have MUS as part of their problem.

It is important health professionals recognise mental health influences physical disease as the two are intimately related and that the stigma of depression and mental illness starts to dissipate.  The mind is like a messy drawer – every so often it needs to be dumped on the bed and sorted out.  It is cathartic to speak and can alleviate pain.


See previous posts on anxiety, depression, stress and anger for further information on how our emotions impact on our physical health.


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