Somatoform disorders (Briquet’s syndrome)

A psychological disorder characterized by physical symptoms that mimic disease or injury.

A series of mental disorders where psychologic states are manifested as symptoms of physical disorders but where symptoms cannot be explained by an actual physiological disorder and there is no underlying organic disease or biological basis for the presenting symptoms. 

The somatoform disorders are a group of psychiatric disorders that cause unexplained physical symptoms. They include somatization disorder (involving multisystem physical symptoms), undifferentiated somatoform disorder (fewer symptoms than somatization disorder), conversion disorder (voluntary motor or sensory function symptoms), pain disorder (pain with strong psychological involvement), hypochondriasis (fear of having a life-threatening illness or condition), body dysmorphic disorder (preoccupation with a real or imagined physical defect).

GREENGOLD, JULIAN, OYAMA, OLIVER, and PALTOO, CATHERINE. 2007. Somatoform Disorders. American Family Physician. 76 (9) Retrieved August 4, 2009 from


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