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Somatoform disorders and functional symptoms

Richard Mayou

in New Oxford Textbook of Psychiatry

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print February 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696758
Published online October 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191743221 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199696758.003.0127
Somatoform disorders and functional symptoms

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Non-specific symptoms that are not explained by organic pathology are extremely frequent in the general population and in all medical settings. Most are transient, but a substantial minority is persistent, disabling, and often associated with frequent consultation. They are likely, especially when there are multiple unexplained sym-ptoms, to be associated with psychiatric disorder (see Chapter 5.2.3). They are widely regarded as difficult to treat but only a very small proportion is seen by psychiatrists and psychologists. This chapter covers general issues relating to functional symptoms and syndromes and their psychiatric associations. The following chapters provide more detail about the more specific forms of somatoform disorder and about functional syndromes (pain, chronic fatigue).

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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