What Is Somatoform Disorder?

Somatoform is a mental condition in which someone who has psychological problems, are not willing to admit they have an psychological imbalance. Yet they know something is wrong. It is also called psychosomatic disorder. What this mean is the physical symptoms of their problems, and the duration, cannot be explained by an underlying physical disease. There are several types of somatoform disorders, and they are; conversion disorder, somatization disorder, and hypochondriasis. Psychiatrists has to be given specific details on the type of symptoms the patient is experiencing to obtain the correct diagnoses.

This condition has generally has no accepted explanation. Individuals with this disorder, vary greatly, because there is no clear understanding why or how these symptoms develop. It is a chronic and severe illness that is characterized by many physical problems, such as pain and gastrointestinal, and neurological symptoms. The cause of this disease is not known, but it does extend through families, usually if one person in the family has been diagnosed. Personality disorders are prominent with this condition, and a narcissistic personality as well. Along with the exaggerated dependence upon others.

Symptoms appear in early adolescence or early adulthood. This occur predominently in women, and when it occur in males they usually are disapproved of socially, because of their behavior and alcoholism. Someone with somatization disorder has many complaints, although any part of their body can be affected, symptoms may include; headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, fainting, and menstrual pain, to name a few. These are just physical symptoms, anxiety and depression may also occur, which are mental conditions. Someone who has this condition, are usually dramatic and emotional beyond the extreme. Because their symptoms are usually described to be unbearable, beyond description or it can be the worst imaginable.

They increasingly demand help for emotional support. When they feel they are being neglected, they become enraged and the demand for more attention is needed. Because the physical symptoms appear to be a way for them getting the attention they’re seeking. The intensity and persistence of the symptoms, reflect the desire to be cared for in every aspect of their life. The symptoms serve the purpose for the person to avoid the reality of adulthood. When a person is experiencing these symptoms, they cannot enjoy a normal life.

To them this is pleasure as well as punishment. People with this condition do not realize this is a psychological problem. The treatment for this condition is extremely difficult. People with this condition tend to be frustrated, and angered by any suggestion. Since doctors can’t approach the problem like psychiatrist would, the best treatment for this condition would be a calm, supportive, and firm relationship with a doctor. The doctor must remain alert to another issue that may arise, which is, the patient may possibly develop a physical disease.  

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