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dc.contributor.authorEgan, Jonathan
dc.contributor.authorKenny, Maeve
dc.date.accessioned2011-02-14T12:55:30Z
dc.date.available2011-02-14T12:55:30Z
dc.date.issued2011-02
dc.identifier.citationThe Irish Psychologist Volume 37, Issues 4, Page 93 2011en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/121822
dc.descriptionSomatization disorder represents a substantial burden for both patients and clinicians, particularly in primary care settings. In this paper we will discuss who these patients are, where they are likely to show up, how they present and how they might be treated. According to the fourth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM–IV; American Psychiatric Association [APA], 1994), somatization disorder is characterised by at least four unexplained pain symptoms, two unexplained non-pain gastrointestinal symptoms, one unexplained sexual or menstrual symptom, and one pseudo-neurological symptom. Physical complaints must begin before 30 years of age and generally last over a number of years. The symptoms are not intentionally produced by the patient (as in malingering) and after appropriate investigation cannot be fully explained by a medical condition. Patients with somatization disorder tend to overuse healthcare services and withdraw from productive and pleasurable activities because of discomfort, fatigue or fear of exacerbating their symptoms (Woolfolk & Allen, 2007).en
dc.description.sponsorshipReproduced with permission from "The Irish Psychologist"en
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dc.publisherThe Irish Psychologisten
dc.subjectPRIMARY CAREen
dc.subjectPSYCHOLOGYen
dc.subject.otherSOMATIZATION DISORDERen
dc.titleSomatization disorder: what clinicians need to knowen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentMater Misericordiae University Hospitalen
dc.identifier.journalThe Irish Psychologisten
refterms.dateFOA2018-08-22T11:02:26Z


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