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A symptom is described as being psychosomatic when it is wholly or partially influenced by psychological factors, either in how it manifests or progresses. In other words, depression, psychological trauma, stress or anxiety, among other conditions, can all have an impact on the body and induce or aggravate physical symptoms. Various conditions include a psychosomatic component, including notably irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, and certain allergies. Psychosomatic symptoms are distinct from the process of somatization, the latter signifying the conversion of physcological distress into somatic disorder of the body, such as digestive disorders with abdominal pain and nausea, the most common of symptoms observed in these cases, or even joint or muscle pain, or fatigue. A somatization disorder is also qualified as a conversion disorder, and no underlying cause has been found.

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