Somatization

Definition of Somatization:

Physical manifestations (bodily reactions) to stress.  Some psychological precipitant or factor, such as recent trauma or learned behavior, causes a physical manifestation or symptom which has no other known medical explanation.  It is not a form of malingering, where someone is faking or intentionally producing the symptom.

Topics Related to Somatization

Dizziness

...the condition
“...Somatization – The conversion of a mental illness, such as anxiety or depression, into physical symptoms...”

Environmental Illness / MCS

...the condition
“...and occupational health clinicians suspect that the majority of "MCS" (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) patients suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, anxiety reactions and somatization (bodily reactions to stress)...”

Somatoform Disorder

...the condition
“...Taking somatization disorder as an example, the somatoform screening section of a 'patient health questionnaire' asks about various physical symptoms; if a patient is bothered "a lot" by 3 or more symptoms...”
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