Somatoform Disorders and Related Syndromes

  • Margaret E. McCahill


Patients who come to their family physician with somatic complaints and no objective findings suffer greatly and are a challenge to their physicians, their families, and their health care insurance companies. It has been estimated that 25% to 75% of visits to primary care physicians are due to psychosocial problems with somatic presentations.1-3 These patients may consume half of the physician’s time, and although usually given a different diagnosis, those who meet the diagnostic criteria for somatization disorder alone represent 5% of patients seen in the outpatient setting, making it the fourth most common problem seen in family practice.3


Family Physician Body Dysmorphic Disorder Pain Disorder General Medical Condition Acute Intermittent Porphyria 
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