Somatization and fashionable diagnoses: illness as a way of life.

  title={Somatization and fashionable diagnoses: illness as a way of life.},
  author={Charles Ford},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of work, environment & health},
  volume={23 Suppl 3},
  • Charles Ford
  • Published 1997 in
    Scandinavian journal of work, environment…
The history of "nondisease" dates back, at least 4000 years, to early descriptions of hysteria. More recently somatization became a part of the official diagnostic nomenclature by creation of the DSM III category, "somatoform disorders." Somatization can serve as a rationalization for psychosocial problems or as a coping mechanism, and for some illness, becomes a way of life. One variation of somatization can be the "fashionable diagnosis", for example, fibromyalgia, multiple chemical… CONTINUE READING


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