Somatization - An overview for neurologists

Robert M. McCarron, Jaesu Han, Julie Motosue-Brennan

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Neurologists frequently encounter patients with inexplicable, unintentionally produced somatic complaints, otherwise known as somatoform disorders. Illness with excessive somatic preoccupation is difficult to diagnose or categorize reliably due to rigid diagnostic criteria that often overlap with several psychiatric disorders. Management of patients with dysfunctional somatoform disorders is complex and challenging, particularly when initiated in a neurology outpatient or inpatient setting. The acronym CARE-MD represents a comprehensive treatment regimen that can be used to decrease physician and patient frustration, dramatically minimize health care overutilization, and improve overall well-being for patients with somatoform disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)87-99
Number of pages13
JournalCONTINUUM Lifelong Learning in Neurology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Genetics(clinical)


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