somatization disorder

somatization disorder n a somatoform disorder characterized by multiple and recurring physical complaints for which the patient has sought medical treatment over several years without any organic or physiological basis for the symptoms being found

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a psychiatric disorder characterized by multiple recurrent changing physical symptoms in the absence of physical disorders that could explain them. The disorder is chronic and is often accompanied by depression and anxiety. It can disrupt personal and family relationships and lead to unnecessary medical and surgical treatment. It is sometimes treated with cognitive therapy, psychotherapy, and/or antidepressant.

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[DSM-IV] a mental disorder characterized by multiple somatic complaints that cannot be fully explained by any known general medical condition or the direct effect of a substance, but are not intentionally feigned or produced, beginning before the age of 30 and occurring over several years. Complaints comprise a combination of at least multiple pain symptoms, multiple gastrointestinal symptoms, a sexual symptom, and a neurological symptom. They are often presented in a dramatic, vague, or exaggerated way, with involvement of numerous physicians, numerous diagnostic evaluations, and unnecessary medical treatment or surgery. Called also Briquet syndrome.

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