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Somatization Disorder

by Helen Farrell, MD
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    The lecture Somatization Disorder by Helen Farrell, MD is from the course Dissociative Disorders and Somatoform Disorders .


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    1. The patients often refuse to meet the physician despite these health issues.
    2. The complaint of multiple vague symptoms involving various organ systems.
    3. There is no organic aetiology.
    4. The patients attribute the distress to physical illness.
    5. They experience somatic distress in response to psychosocial stress.
    1. They believe that hysteria was caused by the uterus migrated upwards and caused discomfort.
    2. Pain and suffering are used as an intrapsychic defense and seen as deserved and used as atonement for hostile impulses.
    3. It is a communication asserting to doctors that one is deserving of care.
    4. Family aggregation can be due to genetics, environment or both.
    5. Implicates patient’s ability to recall symptoms from either their own or a role model’s experience as a means of expressing distress.
    1. Interpersonal model.
    2. Biological model.
    3. Genetic model.
    4. Cultural stigma.
    5. Learning theory.
    1. It is seen in people with high socioeconomic status.
    2. Incidence in females is 5-20 times that of a male.
    3. They are often under-educated.
    4. It is often seen in minority ethnic status.
    5. 50 % of these patients often have a co-morbid mental disorder.
    1. The male relatives of female patients with somatization disorder are more likely to have antisocial personality disorder.
    2. The male relatives of female patients having somatization disorder are more likely to have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
    3. The male relatives of the male patients with somatization disorder are likely to have an obsessive compulsive personality disorder.
    4. The female relative of the female patient with somatization disorder is more likely to have somatization much worse than the patient.
    5. The male relative of female patients with somatization disorder is more likely to have oppositional defiant disorder.

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     Helen Farrell, MD

    Helen Farrell, MD


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