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somatization disorderPsychiatry A chronic disorder that begins before age 30, more in ♀, characterized by multiple and recurrent Sx and complaints of various body systems, for which the Pt regularly seeks medical attention for unexplained somatic complaints; Sx suggesting organ dysfunction(s) but not supported by lab data or clinical findings, are often vague, don't appear to be voluntary and may fulfill a psychological need Clinical Sx are severe enough to lead to visits to health professionals, require medication, or interfere with living; Sx begin or worsen after stress–eg, loss of job, close relative, or friend; Pts believe themselves to be sickly, have pseudoneuralgias–visual defects, dysphagia, voice loss, urinary retention, convulsions, seizures, GI Sx–colicky pain, N&V, dysmenorrhea, ↓ libido, pain–low back, genitalia, joints, cardiopulmonary Sx–eg, dyspnea, palpitations, chest pain; SD results from psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and social factors, making treatment complex and multimodal. Cf Factitious diseases, Hypochondriasis.
so·ma·ti·za·tion dis·or·der(sō'mă-tī-zā'shŭn dis-ōr'dĕr)
See also: conversion, hysteria, conversion disorder
somatization disorderThe current term for HYSTERIA, adopted as a euphemism.
Patient discussion about somatization disorder
Q. Can depression cause your sight to narrow and your vision to be very spacey? Can depression cause your sight to narrow and your vision to be very spacey? If not what else may be the factor? If it did not seem to be that you were actually losing your vision and that you needed glasses.