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somatoform disorder syndrome the facts

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS News' started by Gerwyn, Feb 8, 2010.

  1. Gerwyn

    Gerwyn Guest

    somatoform disorders can be a label attached to collection of symptoms of unexplained origin otherwise known as an ill defined syndrome. So it is not medically a disorder at all like heart disease etc because its cause is not known---sound familiar

    Family stress is BELIEVED to be a cause in some instances

    It MAY result from unconcious mimicing of parental behaviour

    Cultural factors APPEAR to play a part

    Genetics MAY also play a part

    Somatoform SYNDROME is of unknown aetiology who's existence independent of a diagnostic label is in doubt

    So the Psychos want to reclassify unexplained medical conditions as unexplained psychiatric conditions---Brilliant!
  2. Lily

    Lily *Believe*

    Yes in a court of law, one is innocent until proven guilty, but in a medical office, psycho until proven otherwise. What's wrong with this picture:worried::scared::eek:
  3. Tammie

    Tammie Senior Member

    Woodridge, IL
    one key thing, though.....at least in the current DSM, you have to have had the illness at an earlier age than many people have CFS in order for it to fit the criteria for somatoform- somatoform disorders are considered more along the lines of personality disorders (even though they are an Axis I diagnosis, rather than Axis II like personality disorders) in that they are thought to be very ingrained lifelong patterns

    ......If I am remembering rt, they say that the illness has to have started before the person reaches 30 yrs of age (and like I said, usually much younger - presenting a life long issue) if it is to be considered a somatoform illness....this is a fact that the psych lobby has been conveniently ignoring (along with so many other facts)

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