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Epidemiology of somatoform disorders and other causes of unexplained medical symptoms

Gregory Simon

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/9780199696758.003.0128
Epidemiology of somatoform disorders and other causes of unexplained medical symptoms

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While nearly every psychiatric syndrome may include some somatic signs or symptoms, a specific group of syndromes has been traditionally defined as somatoform. This group of disorders is distinguished by certain key features: prominent reporting of somaticymptoms, concern about medical illness, and frequent presentation to general medical providers. As in other categories of mental disorder, the boundaries between individual syndromes are more distinct in our systems of classification than they are in nature. Understanding that various somatoform disorders often overlap, this review is organized according to the major categories of somatoform disorder described in the ICD and DSM classification systems.

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Subjects: Psychiatry

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