P105 - lecture 4 notes

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P105 – lecture 4 January 29, 2008 Somatoform Disorders Hypochondriasis 1. Preoccupation with fears or beliefs that one has a serious disease, based on misinterpretation of bodily symptoms, lasting at least six months 2. Persistence of preoccupation despite appropriate medical evaluation and reassurance 3. Absence of delusions 4. Significant distress or impairment By observing physical symptoms experienced by other family members, children may learn to focus their anxieties on symptoms and diseases Somatization disorder 1. A history of many physical conlaints, beginning before the age of 30, that occur over a period of several years and result in treatment being sought or in significant impairment 2. Physical complaints over the period include all of the following: a. Four different kinds of pain symptoms b. Two gastrointestinal symptoms c. One sexual symptoms d. One neurological-type symptom 3. Physical complaints not fully explained by a known general medical condition or a drug, or
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