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Psychiatric Disorders


Somatization Disorder



Somatoform Disorders



The exact cause of this disorder is unknown. Research has shown some evidence for genetic as well as environmental factors may play a role.



Includes a history of physical complaints prior to age 30 which occur over a period of several years. There must be a significant impairment in functioning or a history of resulting medical treatment. After appropriate assessment by a physician, there is a lack of explanation for the reported symptoms or for at least the severity of the complaints.



Treatment typically includes long term therapy. The involvement of a single physician is important as a history of seeking medical attention and ‘doctor shopping’ is common.



Is typically a chronic condition with a variable course. Individuals with this disorder do not experience any significant difference in mortality rate or significant illness.



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