A Psychotherapeutic Case Illustrating a Psychogenic Factor in Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS)

Ruth Freeman

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Burning Mouth Syndrome (BMS) is described as a burning sensation of the oral mucosa, tongue, palate, lips and pharynx. The case material presented in this paper illustrates a strong psychogenic element in the aetiology of BMS. Conclusions are drawn on the basis that the patient's material suggests that the recovery of memories played a part in the resolution of her symptoms. The importance this has for psychotherapists is that it allows a reappraisal of the value of using psychoanalytic constructs as a means of understanding the mental representation, symbolisation and psychopathology of conditions of a psychogenic nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)220-225
Number of pages6
JournalBritish Journal of Psychotherapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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