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How to Get Rid of Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder


Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder is a residual category of unexpalined physical symptoms, lasting at least 6 months, which are below the threshold for a diagnosis of somatization disorder. It has a substantially higher prevalence. Since data fail to support any clear boundary based on the number of distribution of unexpalined symptoms as required for somatization disorder, there have been numerous suggestions for less restrictive somatization symptoms. As also, none of the syndromes based on counting numbers of unexplained symptoms has a satisfactory evidence base and none is helpful in planning treatment.

Somatoform Disorders are those conditions that are suggestive of a physical disorder but upon examination cannot be accounted for by a medical disorder, a substance or other mental disorder.

There is a somatoform disorder, however, referred to as undifferentiated somatoform disorder in which the patient may have concurrent conversion, hypochondrical and somatoform pain symptoms. In order to diagnose this disorder, we assume or demonstrate that the disorder is disruptive to occupational or social achievement. In each disorder, even the undifferentiated variety, we are assuming that there is either the lack of any physical findings or that the physical findings are insufficient to create the distress and symptoms that the patient reports.

Diagnostic criteria for 300.81 Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder (new code as of 10/01/96: 300.82)

  1. One or more physical complaints (e.g., fatigue, loss of appetite, gastrointestinal or urinary complaints).
  2. Either (1) or (2):
    • after appropriate investigation, the symptoms cannot be fully explained by a known general medical condition or the direct effects of a substance (e.g., a drug of abuse, a medication).
    • when there is a related general medical condition, the physical complaints or resulting social or occupational impairment is in excess of what would be expected from the history, physical examination, or laboratory findings.
  3. The symptoms cause clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning.
  4. The duration of the disturbance is at least 6 months.
  5. The disturbance is not better accounted for by another mental disorder.
  6. The symptom is not intentionally produced or feigned.

Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder Bottomline

When checking for a misdiagnosis of Undifferentiated Somatoform disorder or confirming a diagnosis of Undifferentiated Somatoform disorder, it is useful to consider what other medical conditions might be possible misdiagnoses or other alternative conditions relevant to diagnosis. These alternate diagnoses of Undifferentiated Somatoform disorder may already have been considered by your doctor or may need to be considered as possible alternative diagnoses or candidates for misdiagnosis of Undifferentiated Somatoform disorder.

Facts and Tips for Undifferentiated Somatoform Disorder

  • In undifferentiated somatoform disorder person suffer from many physical problems that are not related with medical circumstances.
  • This disorder is found in adults and lasts for six months.
  • Loss of appetite, abdominal pain these are the symptoms of undifferentiated somatoform disorder.
  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy and some medications are the best ways to cure undifferentiated somatoform disorder.
  • Diagnosis of undifferentiated somatoform disorder is based on family history and symptoms.
  • Take help of therapist for treatment.

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