Misconception 3 of 10

Complex Presentations

That seemingly complex presentations with a multitude of (often unusual) symptoms means multiple causes requiring multidisciplinary approach – wrong!

Complex presentations are often chronic and the original disorder has now been swamped by a myriad of symptoms (also known as a school of ‘red herrings’!).

For example a ‘splinter’ that hasn’t been located (because of the lack of skill and therefore presumed to be no longer present) will lead to varying symptoms and involvement of various approaches and /or health professionals e.g. an infection (requiring an unnecessary (because it was missed) trial of antibiotics) and/or inability to concentrate and/or catastrophising (where is my pain coming from?) requiring a psychologist /psychiatrist).

Complexity arises from unsuccessful various treatments underpinned by a lack of understanding and expertise.


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