Somatization disorder: Psychologic symptoms, social disability, and diagnosis

Mark Zoccolillo, C. Robert Cloninger

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    The authors examined 50 outpatient women with somatization disorder (Briquet's syndrome) and 25 control women with primary major depression. Somatizers had many psychologic symptoms besides physical complaints and were often misdiagnosed. The somatizers were more socially disabled than the controls, particularly at work and as parents. The authors also review the history of somatization disorder, recent literature on psychological symptoms of somatization disorder, and make recommendations on the management, classification, and diagnosis of somatization disorder.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)65-73
    Number of pages9
    JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - 1986


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