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Somatoform Disorders Symptoms & Treatments
Somatoform disorders are mental health conditions that cause physical symptoms. These disorders can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are similar to those of other medical conditions.
The most common somatoform disorder is somatization disorder. People with this condition experience a wide range of physical symptoms that are not caused by any underlying medical condition. Other types of somatoform disorders include conversion disorder, pain disorder, and hypochondriasis.
Conversion disorder is a condition in which a person experiences neurological symptoms, such as paralysis or blindness, that cannot be explained by any medical condition. The cause of conversion disorder is believed to be psychological, and the symptoms usually occur in response to psychological stress.
Pain disorder is a condition in which a person experiences chronic pain that is not caused by any underlying medical condition. The pain may be associated with psychological stress.
Hypochondriasis is a condition in which a person is excessively worried about their health. They may believe that they have a serious illness, even when there is no evidence to support this belief. Hypochondriasis can be difficult to treat because people with the condition often do not believe that their symptoms are psychological.
People with somatoform disorders often have difficulty coping with their symptoms. They may feel anxious or depressed, and they may avoid social situations. Treatment for somatoform disorders typically includes psychotherapy and medication. Somatoform disorders can be difficult to treat because the physical symptoms can be real and distressing.
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