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Year : 1993  |  Volume : 35  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 200-202

A Study of Somatization Disorder in an Industrial Hospital

1 Chief Psychiatrist & Chief Hospital Superintendent, Railway Hospital, Madras - 600 023, India
2 Senior Psychiatrist & Sr. DMO (Admn), Railway Hospital, Madras - 600 023, India
3 Honorary Consultant to Railway Hospital & Assistant Professor, Institute of Mental Health, Madras, India

Correspondence Address:
G Hariharan
Chief Psychiatrist & Chief Hospital Superintendent, Railway Hospital, Madras - 600 023
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

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A group of psychiatric outpatients who satisfied the DSM-IIIR criteria for Somatization Disorder (n=33) were compared with a group of other Somatisers (n=32). The results show that somatization disorder was found predominantly in females. Their mean age was 31 and they had a lower income and poor educational level, with more life events and stress in the family. The main symptoms were gastrointestinal, cardiopulmonary, pain and conversion followed by menstrual and sexual symptoms. They were more extroverted, neurotic and anxious depressed with significant basic neurotic traits. These results are discussed.



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