Are somatoform disorders ‘mental disorders’? A contribution to the current debate

  title={Are somatoform disorders ‘mental disorders’? A contribution to the current debate},
  author={W. Rief and M. Isaac},
  journal={Current Opinion in Psychiatry},
  • W. Rief, M. Isaac
  • Published 2007
  • Medicine
  • Current Opinion in Psychiatry
  • Purpose of review During the last 2 years, a debate has started over whether the somatoform symptoms/medically unexplained symptoms are wrongly placed under the category of mental disorders (section F in International classification of diseases-10 and in Diagnostic and statistical manual for mental disorders-IV). Recent findings Most experts on medically unexplained symptoms agree that there is a substantial need for revision of the diagnoses of somatoform disorders. While some authors suggest… CONTINUE READING
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