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Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform Disorders is a group of disorders in which the patient reports physical symptoms suggestive of a medical condition but for which no cause is found. Five different Somatoform Disorders are described in this section.

Somatization Disorder is characterized by a multitude of physical complaints occurring over several years and starting before age 30. Symptoms are clustered into pain, gastrointestinal, sexual, and neurological-sounding complaints. The patient is not intentionally lying or falsifying symptoms in this disorder. These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships.

Conversion Disorder is a condition in which the patient describes a various symptoms or impairment affecting voluntary muscle movement or sensory experience suggestive of a neurological or other medical condition. The symptoms cannot be explained as recognizable medical conditions. Stress or conflict is seen as a key feature of this disorder as symptoms increase or decrease in response to psychological factors. The patient is not intentionally lying or falsifying symptoms in this disorder. These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships.

Pain Disorder is a disorder in which the patient describes pain in one or more body areas which is serious enough to seek medical attention. Stress or conflict is seen as a key feature of this disorder as symptoms increase or decrease in response to psychological factors. The patient is not intentionally lying or falsifying symptoms in this disorder. These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships.

Hypochondriasis is a disorder in which the patient is persistently afraid that he or she has a serious medical condition despite the presence of a physical illness. The patient continues to express preoccupations after medical assessment and reassurance. Symptoms must persist for at least six months, and the patient is not expressing psychotic symptoms. These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships.

Body Dysmorphic Disorder is a condition in which the patient is significantly preoccupied with one or more imagined defects in appearance. The preoccupation far exceeds everyday concerns about appearance. These symptoms significantly interfere with academic, work, or social relationships.