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, 75 (5), 270-81

Distinguishing Between Hypochondriasis and Somatization Disorder: A Review of the Existing Literature

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Distinguishing Between Hypochondriasis and Somatization Disorder: A Review of the Existing Literature

Russell Noyes et al. Psychother Psychosom.

Abstract

A valid classification is important for further understanding of the somatoform disorders. The main disorders in this grouping - somatization disorder and hypochondriasis - have lengthy historical traditions and are defined in a contrasting manner. Various authors point to distinguishing demographic and clinical features, but there have been few direct comparisons of patients with these disorders. A review of the literature indicates those domains where differences are most likely to be found. Research assessing these may serve to refine and validate these key somatoform categories and/or dimensions.

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