Distinguishing between Hypochondriasis and Somatization Disorder: A Review of the Existing Literature

  title={Distinguishing between Hypochondriasis and Somatization Disorder: A Review of the Existing Literature},
  author={Russell Noyes and Scott P. Stuart and David B. Watson and Douglas R. Langbehn},
  journal={Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics},
  pages={270 - 281}
A valid classification is important for further understanding of the somatoform disorders. The main disorders in this grouping – somatization disorder and hypochondriasis – have lengthy historical traditions and are defined in a contrasting manner. Various authors point to distinguishing demographic and clinical features, but there have been few direct comparisons of patients with these disorders. A review of the literature indicates those domains where differences are most likely to be found… 

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