Somatoform symptom disorder

What is somatoform symptom disorder?

Somatic symptoms are defined as medically unexplained bodily sensations or basic physical dysfunctions (including those of appetite, digestion, or sleep) that an individual perceives as worrisome or unpleasant. They may be localised to a particular bodily region, or generalised, as in the case of excessive fatigue or loss of energy. Symptoms are not intentionally produced or feigned.

For a diagnosis of somatic symptom disorder, the extent to which a person’s feelings, thoughts, and behaviours about their somatic symptoms must be distressing, excessive or disproportionate, and persist for more than six months.

What is the evidence for somatoform symptoms in people with bipolar disorder?

Moderate quality evidence suggests a small, increased risk of more somatic symptoms in people with bipolar disorder than in the general population or in people with other psychiatric disorders, apart from depression which showed similar rates of somatic symptoms.

April 2019

Last updated at: 6:08 am, 9th April 2019
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