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Somatization disorder and related disorders 

Somatization disorder and related disorders
Somatization disorder and related disorders

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date: 20 May 2022

The essential feature of somatization disorder and related disorders is that the patient presents multiple, medically unexplained symptoms or functional somatic symptoms. These physical complaints are not consistent with the clinical picture of known, verifiable, conventionally defined diseases, and are unsupported by clinical or paraclinical findings. The phenomenon of medically unexplained symptoms cannot simply be classified into one or a few diagnostic categories, but must be regarded as an expression of a basic mechanism by which people may respond to stressors as in the cases of depression and anxiety. Somatization disorder and related disorders must thus be considered to possess a spectrum of severity. In this chapter, the focus will be on the chronic and multisymptomatic forms.

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