Somatoform disorders are physical ailments (such as pain, nausea, dizziness) for which no adequate medical explanation has been found and/or are caused by psychological factors. The complaints are serious enough to cause significant emotional distress and impairment of social and/or occupational functioning
A diagnosis of a somatoform disorder implies that psychological factors are a large contributor to the symptoms onset, severity and duration. It is important to note that somatoform disorders are not the result of conscious malingering or factitious disorders.

This group of disorders include

Body dysmorphic disorder
Conversion disorder
Somatization disorder
Somatoform pain disorder
Somatoform disorder NOS
Undifferentiated somatoform disorder
As examples, the following conditions may fall into this category:
Anorexia nervosa
Endocrine disorders
Gastrointestinal disorders
Hay fever
Irritable bowel syndrome
Migraine headache
Myofacial pain
Premenstrual tension
Sexual function disturbances
Skin disorders
Urinary function disorders
Urogenital disorders

Topics covered include:
-somatization disorder
-conversion disorder
-pain disorder
-body dysmorphic disorder
-factitious disorder

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