Somatization - The Unexplained Physical Symptom Robert K....

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The Unexplained Physical Symptom Robert K. Schneider, MD Assistant Professor Departments of Psychiatry, Internal Medicine and Family Practice Virginia Commonwealth University The Medical College of Virginia Campus
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Outline Unexplained symptoms Definitions of conditions Management
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Unexplained symptoms 25-50% No serious medical cause found 30-75% Remain medically unexplained 16-33% “bothered the patient a lot” but remain unexplained
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Somatization: Other Psychiatric Disorders Men: 3 unexplained symptoms Women: 5 unexplained symptoms Katon 1999
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Multiple unexplained physical symptoms Major Depression and Dysthymia Panic Disorder GAD OCD Somatoform Disorders Substance abuse Brown 1990
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Somatization: Definition Experiencing and reporting bodily symptoms that have no pathological basis, attributing them to disease and seeking medical attention for them Lipowski 1988
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Somatization Disorder Symptoms begin before age 30 4 pain 2 GI 1 sexual 1 pseudoneurological DSM-IV
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Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder 1 or more unexplained somatic symptom 6 month duration DSM-IV
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