Dr. David B. Adams – Psychological Blog

Psychology of Illness, Pain, Anxiety and Depression

Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

When a patient complains of one or more (often multiple) physical complaints (eg. weakness, dizziness) for a period of at least six months, and the physical findings do not support the complaint, then undifferentiated somatoform disorder may be suspected. Also ruled out must be malingering, drug induced symptoms, or missed physical diagnosis.

It can arise due to injury especially in anxious patients who are preoccupied with bodily function and who understand little about their diagnosis or treatment?

This does not, however, often disappear with psychological care, and what the patient and his/her family may most need is a detailed explanation of what the injury caused…and what it did not cause.

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