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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, treatment can provide effective ways of coping that pave the way for the improved quality of life.

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1. What Are Somatoform Disorders?

Somatoform disorders exist when a person experiences physical symptoms such as pain and fatigue, despite a lack of underlying physiological or neurological explanation. Regardless of whether their origin is mental or physical, pain and fatigue caused by somatoform disorders usually lead to significant distress due to the frustration of determining a cause. Most medical professionals agree that regardless of the symptoms' genesis, the pain is real.

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