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Somatization disorder:Epidemiology

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Somatization disorder is uncommon in the general population. It is thought to occur in 0.2% to 2% of females,[1][2][3][4] and 0.2% of males. Research showed cultural differences in prevalence of somatization disorder. For example, somatization disorder and symptoms were found to be significantly more common in Puerto Rico.[5]

Somatization disorder is about two times more common among women than men. There is usually co-morbidity with other psychological disorders particularly mood or anxiety disroders. According to the DSM-IV, the disorder has a lifetime prevalence of 0.2% in males and 0.2% to 2% in females. This condition is chronic and has a poor prognosis


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  2. Lichstein P. R. (1986). Caring for the patient with multiple somatic complaints. Southern Medical Journal 79 (3): 310–314.
  3. Gordon G.H. (1987). Treating somatizing patients. Western Journal of Medicine 147: 88–91.
  4. Farley J, Woodruff RA, Guze SB (1968). "The prevalence of hysteria and conversion symptoms," The British Journal of Psychiatry, 114:1121–1125 (1968).
  5. Canino, Glorisa; Bird, Hector; Rubio-Stipec, Maritza; Bravo, Milagros. (2000). The epidemiology of mental disorders in the adult population of Puerto Rico. Revista Interamericana de Psicologia. 34 (1X): 29–46.

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