Originally Posted by hydrocephalus
what is the difference between hypochondriasis and somatization ?
is it just in the number of symptoms , they both the pateint beleive he / she has dieases but both have nothing on tests
Whenever you have a patient who presents with different kinds of pain in the body, GI disturbances, neurologic complaints, sexual dysfunction, over a period of years and with no abnormalities on further testings, it's somatization disorder. You schedule frequent short visits, and offerfostering relationship.
When you encounter a patient, who is preoccupied with certain disease, and strongly believes that is ill despite negative findings and reassurance- it's hypochondriasis. It is needed to confront the patient.