Somatization disorder is a type of mental illness in which a patient manifests a psychiatric condition as a physical complaint. What do you know about it?
- Symptoms usually occur over many years. The person may be distressed and function poorly at work and at home. Either medical evaluation does not explain the symptoms, or the symptoms exceed what would be expected in any medical illness that is found.
- Symptoms include:<br>Pain — Including headache, back ache, stomach ache, joint pain and chest pain.<br>Gastrointestinal symptoms — Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea.<br>Sexual symptoms — Erectile dysfunction.<br>Menstrual problems — Irregular periods.<br>Neurological symptoms — Problems with coordination or balance, paralysis, numbness, weakness, vision problems or seizures.
- The symptoms do not all have to be occurring at the same time, but may occur over the course of the disorder.