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A 36-year-old member asked:

What disorder leads a muscle to stiffen due to agitation or anger?

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Dr. Frank Lane
Psychiatry 40 years experience
'Somatization': Most people experience increased muscle tension when frightened or angry so it's very common. In general, whenever your emotions are translated into physical symptoms, it's called 'somatization' from the greek root word for body, 'soma'. As in 'psychosomatic', emotions are powerful in energy and channeled to the wrong place in the body, can create unpleasant symptoms. The symptoms are real!
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Last updated Sep 16, 2013


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