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Somatoform disorders

  1. Reasons
  2. The prevalence
  3. Symptoms
  4. Treatment

Somatoform disorders

this is the common name of a group of States in which complaints of patients with no diagnostic confirmation. Disorders are formed under the influence of mental factors, long and frequently repeated stress and conflict.

Somatoform disorder


As mentioned above, develop somatoform disorders later stress, and the stresses of modern humans occur almost every day. Conflict at work or turmoil in the family is a small thing, but, having a protracted, over time, develop into a serious disorder.

The prevalence

The prevalence of somatoform disorders can not be called rare. Statistics show that in 1000 falls of 280 cases. More likely to suffer from the disease women are more emotional and sensitive to mental stimuli of all kinds. Disorders start to manifest itself even in primary school age, but more specific to adults.


Simptomaticeski divided into three types

  • hypochondriacal disorder people are constantly afraid of getting sick. If the disorder is accompanied by depression, it aggravates the case. Depression reduces the level of monoamines, as a consequence, the normal signals of the internal organs are perceived as atypical and unpleasant
  • conversion disorder changes or loss of somatic function. Manifests the feeling of a lump in the throat, difficult swallowing, loss of voice, temporary deafness, local spasms and muscle weakness
  • chronic somatoform disorder (pain) intermittently or continuously cutting occurs, oppressive pain, reducing performance. Dangerously addictive person to sedative and analgesic medications.
Somato form disorder
Conversion Disorder – a rare somatoform disorder in which a person experiences very specific genuine physical symptoms for which no physiological basis can be found. Hypochondriasis – a somatoform disorder in which a person interprets normal physical sensations as symptoms of disease.


Somatoform disorders are treated outside hospital institutions. Hospitalization is required only representatives with pronounced suicidal thoughts, serious visible impairments.

Modern treatment is medical intervention (certain drugs which individually selects a doctor) and psychotherapy. Combining these two methods helps patients mental state eventually comes back to normal.