Somatoform disorders are physical ailments (such as pain, nausea, dizziness) for which no adequate medical explanation has been found and/or are caused by psychological factors. A diagnosis of a somatoform disorder implies that psychological factors are a large contributor to the symptoms onset, severity and duration.Why is somatic symptom disorder a difficult diagnosis?
Somatic symptom disorder is a controversial diagnosis. Some psychiatrists argue it is problematic because it is based primarily on negative criteria-that is, on an absence of other explanations . Consequently, any person suffering from a poorly understood physical illness could be seen as fulfilling the criteria for this psychiatric diagnosis.What is an example of a somatic symptom disorder?
Somatic symptoms are physical symptoms that occur within the body. Some common examples are headaches, stomach aches, gastrointestinal discomfort, lack of appetite, insomnia, etc.