Somatoform Disorders

  • Charles V. Ford
  • Pamela E. Parker


Persons who have somatoform disorders do not seek psychiatric help on their own initiative because of the nature of these disorders. Instead, they perceive their difficulties as being physical and conceptualize their distress in terms of organic disease. Consequently, they seek help from medical doctors, stating their complaints in terms of physical symptoms. When a diagnosis of a somatoform disorder is made by a physician, somatizing patients typically resist any implication that there is a psychiatric problem. However, they may reluctantly seek treatment at a psychiatric clinic, when referred, and an occasional patient demonstrates enthusiasm about such treatment if a positive referral has been made by a physician with whom he or she has a good relationship.


Chronic Pain Pain Clinic Chronic Pain Patient Psychiatric Clinic Physical Complaint 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles V. Ford
    • 1
  • Pamela E. Parker
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral SciencesUniversity of Arkansas for Medical SciencesLittle RockUSA

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