Somatoform Disorders

  • Timothy M. ScarellaEmail author


The diagnoses grouped under the heading “Somatoform Disorders” describe patients for whom concerns about their health and/or somatic symptoms cause significant psychologic distress and impair functioning. This chapter will discuss clinically useful perspectives on somatoform disorders. It will review the main somatoform disorders as defined in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, and discuss the influence of sex and gender on the formulation, diagnosis, and management of these conditions.


Somatoform disorders Illness anxiety disorder Somatic symptom disorder Conversion disorder Factitious disorder Health anxiety Medically unexplained symptoms Hypochondriasis 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryBeth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA

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