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Somatoform Disorders

Author: Laura Riness

This lesson will identify, describe and differentiate the primary symptom(s) for somatoform disorder and conversion disorder.

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Terms to Know
Conversion Disorder

A type of somatoform disorder where a person “converts” anxiety or severe emotional problems into physical symptoms.


A somatoform disorder when a person interprets small, normal bodily functions as symptoms of serious illness.

Pain Disorder

A somatoform disorder where a person experiences chronic and often serious pain in one or more place, but which is psychological in origin, not physical.

Somatization Disorder

A somatoform disorder when a person complains about multiple physical and mental problems, but without any physical causes.