Somatization Disorder

Somatic symptom disorder is characterized by an extreme focus on physical symptoms — such as pain or fatigue — that causes major emotional distress and problems functioning. You may or may not have another diagnosed medical condition associated with these symptoms, but your reaction to the symptoms is not normal.


Cluster Number:
Wiki Number: PW211
Diagnosis: Somatization Disorder
US Patients:
World Patients:
Sex Ratio: M-0.2%;F-0.2% to 2%
Age Onset:
Brain Area: More vulnerable to pain in the dorsolateral, prefrontal, insular, premotor, parietal cortices and rostral anterior cingulate
Symptoms: Physical ailments due to mental disorder(s) due to stress; heightened sensitivity to pain and other internal sensations
Progression: Constant cognitive distortions limits behaviors and causes increased disability and impaired functioning
Causes: genetics, physical, emotional or sexual abuse; constant exposure to negative,distorted and catastrophic thoughts
Therapies: CBT-helping patients realize their ailments are not catastrophic


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