Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform Disorders

Somatoform disordersSomatoform disorders cause physical symptoms to appear even though there isn't a medical condition to cause them. The psychological nature of the pains and symptoms can cause people to continually seek treatment even when there is nothing medically wrong with them. Symptoms include insisting on getting medical tests, and real or imagined pain that has no obvious source. Online therapy which can help with the symptoms of somatoform disorders is available from highly skilled therapists with GoMentor 24/7.

Types of Somatoform Disorders

These are the main types of somatoform disorders:

  • Somatization Disorder - Continual complaints of physical symptoms when no physical condition exists to cause the symptoms.
  • Somatoform Autonomic Dysfunction - This type centers around problems with a specific organ or section of the body.
  • Conversion Disorder - This usually occurs after a traumatic event, and causes impairment of movement or senses that is only psychological in nature.  
  • Pain Disorder - Chronic pain in one or more areas of the body that has no identifiable cause.   
  • Hypochondriasis - A belief that physical symptoms (either real or imagined) are signs of a serious illness, even when medical tests show otherwise.   
  • Body Dysmorphic Disorder - A constant obsession with a physical flaw - real or imagined - that can cause side effects.   
  • Unspecified Somatoform Disorder - A disorder that shows symptoms from two or more other types of somatoform disorders.   
  • Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder - Physical complaints of pain that can't be attributed to a medical condition and last more than six months.

Symptoms of Somatoform Disorders

The exact symptoms that appear with somatoform disorders will depend on the specific disorder, but in general they revolve around physical pains that are not caused by a medical reason. Many people will insist on a barrage of tests, even when they come back negative. Others may go from doctor to doctor, insisting that they have a problem. In others, symptoms may appear as a fear of getting a serious illness that lasts more than a few months. A preoccupation with pain and medical conditions is a good sign that a somatoform disorder may be a problem. If the symptoms do appear, getting treatment can help avoid the dangers of somatoform disorders.

  • Insistence on testing
  • Unexplained medical symptoms 
  • Chronic complaints about pain or other symptoms
  • Extreme fear of having a medical illness that lasts more than six months
  • Loss of voluntary motor abilities or a sensory function that is not due to medical illness
  • Constant pain in one or more anatomical spots
  • Preoccupation with an imagined defect

Dangers of Somatoform Disorders

One of the dangers that come with somatoform disorders is the possibility of financial problems due to numerous unnecessary medical tests. Another risk associated with these disorders is that a person will try to make their illness or pain more real by mutilating or harming themselves to mimic symptoms of various diseases or medical conditions. There are various other physical and psychological risks depending on the particular type of somatoform disorder that is diagnosed. They can be minimized, however, when treatment is sought.

Treatment for Somatoform Disorders

With GoMentor 24/7 you can get help from trained therapists who specialize in somatoform disorders. They can help give the guidance and support needed to effectively deal with these types of disorders. This combination of psychotherapy and the Internet makes it easier than ever to get help with all the symptoms of somatoform disorders.

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