Conditioning of physical symptoms after neurotoxic exposure

Karen Bolla-Wilson, Raymond J. Wilson, Margit L. Bleecker

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Psychologic reactions to a neurotoxic exposure can produce prolonged physical symptoms which are as debilitating as the direct effects of the neurotoxic substance. A group of patients exist who experience reoccurrence of exposure-related symptoms when exposed to a variety of common environmental substances, such as perfume, gasoline, and cigarette smoke. We propose a classical conditioning model to explain the development of this phenomenon. Identification and treatment of these Individuals are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)684-686
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Occupational Medicine
Issue number9
StatePublished - Sep 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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