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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 240-245

Understanding and managing somatoform disorders: Making sense of non-sense

1 Department of Psychiatry, Co-operative Medical College, Cochin - 683 503, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, Govt Medical College, Kottayam - 686 008, India

Correspondence Address:
Roy Abraham Kallivayalil
Principal and Professor of Psychiatry, Co- operative Medical College, Cochin - 683 503
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69239

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Somatization is a clinical and public health problem as it can lead to social dysfunction, occupational difficulties and increased healthcare use. Hence understanding somatoform disorders is of paramount importance, especially so in developing countries like India. This paper discusses the history and evolution of the concept of somatization and somatoform disorders, etiological considerations, classification, assessment, diagnosis and clinical management. Research from India, controversies and criticisms and future perspectives are mentioned. A new model to understand functional somatic symptoms, in Indian setting is also proposed.



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