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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 48 (2006) 8, 661 - 665

Case report

Paranoia and symptoms of somatoform disorders in a Nigerian refugee. A case study

C Marcq, S. Claes

A female Nigerian refugee presented with a combination of paranoia and symptoms of somatoform disorders. Her symptoms were interpreted as a cultural expression of postpartum depression. The psychotic symptoms subsided when the patient was admitted to a psychiatric crisis unit and was given antipsychotics. We describe a model that can be used to treat remaining somatoform symptoms with patient-generated metaphors.

keywords Nigeria, paranoid disorders, somatoform disorders