A person with somatic symptom disorder has one or more "somatic" physical symptoms over a long period of time usually half a year or more. Symptoms may or may not be explained fully by another medical diagnosis. The person may be reacting to normal bodily sensations or a minor illness. He or she may have a strong tendency to worry about illness or feel more threatened than average by health concerns. But the person is not "faking.
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Patient information : See related handout on premenstrual disorders. The subspecialties of psychiatry and gynecology have developed overlapping but distinct diagnoses that qualify as a premenstrual disorder; these include premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder. These conditions encompass psychological and physical symptoms that cause significant impairment during the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle, but resolve shortly after menstruation. Patient-directed prospective recording of symptoms is helpful to establish the cyclical nature of symptoms that differentiate premenstrual syndrome and premenstrual dysphoric disorder from other psychiatric and physical disorders.
There are two well-recognized broad categories of pain: the common sensical sort the pain of damage , and the somewhat more exotic kind that comes from damage to the system that reports and interprets damage, the nervous system. More specifically:. Obviously these kinds of pain can and do overlap. Some medical problems, like injuries, can affect both nerves themselves and other tissues, causing both kinds of pain. Some common kinds of pain are not a great fit for either of the two official categories.
Somatization is a tendency to experience and communicate psychological distress in the form of somatic symptoms and to seek medical help for them. The term somatization was introduced by Wilhelm Stekel in Somatization is a worldwide phenomenon. Somatization can be, but is not always, related to a psychological condition such as: . Both classification systems use similar criteria.