Identity of Somatoform Disorders: Comparison with Depressive Disorders and Anxiety Disorders

  • Kyung Bong KohEmail author


Somatoform disorders are among the most prevalent psychiatric disorders in general practice. A somatoform disorder was diagnosed in 16.1 % of consecutive consulting patients [1]. Patients with somatoform disorders are often referred to as “medical orphans” [2], because correct diagnosis is not made by physicians and the patients end up “shopping” for diagnoses by visiting many physicians.


Anxiety Disorder Somatic Symptom Panic Disorder Health Anxiety Major Depressive Disorder Patient 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryYonsei University College of MedicineSeodaemun-gu, SeoulKorea

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