Somatization Disorder

Curr Treat Options Neurol. 2001 Jul;3(4):305-320. doi: 10.1007/s11940-001-0036-3.


There are many new developments regarding somatization disorder, which is among the most difficult and cumbersome of the psychiatric disorders encountered in neurology practice. Diagnostic criteria have been revised to facilitate clinical care and research. The differential diagnosis includes neurologic disorders (eg, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy), systemic medical disorders, and other psychiatric disorders (eg, mood and anxiety disorders, conversion disorder, malingering, and factitious disorder). Many patients have one or more of these illnesses comorbid with somatization disorder. Finally, somatization disorder demands creative biopsychosocial treatment planning by the neurologist, psychiatrist, and other health professionals.