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