A screening test for somatization disorder (hysteria).

  title={A screening test for somatization disorder (hysteria).},
  author={E. Othmer and Cyrus Desouza},
  journal={The American journal of psychiatry},
  volume={142 10},
For the diagnosis of somatization disorder, DSM-III requires the assessment of 37 specific symptoms, a time-consuming and cumbersome task. The authors describe a procedure by which the clinician can assess the presence of somatization disorder by screening for only seven symptoms, three of which must be present for a preliminary diagnosis of somatization disorder. The test was developed on female psychiatric outpatients (N = 85) who had multiple unexplained physical complaints beginning before… CONTINUE READING

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