Somatoform disorders, sometimes called somatic symptom disorders or somatization, are some of the least-understood conditions in the medical community. Characterized by undiagnosed symptoms, predominantly pain, these disorders also bring significant emotional distress to those affected. The good news is that treatment can provide effective ways of coping and pave the way for an improved quality of life.
Somatoform disorders are exemplified by physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue with no underlying physiological or neurological explanation. Regardless of whether the origin of a person's pain and fatigue is mental or physical, determining a cause can lead to significant distress. Most medical professionals agree that, regardless of the symptoms' genesis, the pain is real.
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