Types of Somatoform Disorders:
Somatoform disorders are sub classified into the following categories. These include somatization disorder, conversibtl disorder, hypochondriasis, somatoform pain disorder, body dysmorphic disorder (dysmorphophobia), somatofop disorder.
1) Somatization Disorder: Somatization Disorder is characterized by presence of recurrent and multiple, frequently changing somatic complaints of several years duration, for which medical attenticm bas been sought, but these apparently are not due to any physical disorder. The disorder usually begins in early adult life and runs a minimum duration of two years before the disorder is diagnosed.
2) Undifferentiated Somatoform: Disorder When physical complaints are multiples varying and persistent, but the complete and typical clinical picture of somatization disorder is not fulfilled, this category shauld be considered.
3) Hypochondriacal Disorder: Hypochondriasis is a term used to describe persons who presents unrealistic or 'exaggerated physical complaints. They become preoccupied with the fear of developing or already having a disease or illness inspike of medical reassurance thatsuch an illness does not exist. Minor clinical symptoms are of great concern to the person and often result in an impairment of social or occupational functioning. This disorder usually is accompanied by anxiety, depression and compulsive personality traits. It generally occurs in adolescence and usually becomes chronic, causing impaired social or occupational functioning.