Globus pharyngis, personality, and psychological distress in the general population

I J Deary, J A Wilson, S W Kelly

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The authors approached 1,158 middle-aged women, who were assessed for the presence of the globus sensation in the prior 3 months. Seventy globus ''cases'' (6.0%) were identified. Twenty-eight women with globus and 35 control subjects completed a series of questionnaires designed to assess personality traits and psychological distress. The globus subjects were significantly higher on neuroticism and low on extraversion and had significantly elevated levels of psychological distress, including anxiety, low mood, and somatic concern when compared with the control subjects. Severity of throat symptoms, but not personality or psychological distress scores, predicted the degree of medical help sought for the symptom.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)570-577
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Academy of Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1995

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