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Somatization symptoms in young adult Finnish population--associations with sex, educational level and mental health.
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PMID:  17523035     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We assessed somatization symptoms and their associations among a 31-year-old Finnish population sample (n=1598). Data on somatization symptoms were gathered from a review of all medical public outpatient records. Subjects with four or more somatization symptoms according to the DSM-III-R criteria were classified as somatizers. Ninety-seven (83 females) DSM-III-R somatizers (6.1%) were found. Somatization associated with female sex, lower educational level and increased psychiatric morbidity. Roughly half of the somatizers had a comorbid psychiatric disorder. Mood disorders did not associate specifically with somatization--in fact, after adjusting for sex and educational level only anxiety disorders and personality disorders associated with somatization. It may be concluded that it is important to recognize psychiatric disorders in subjects with somatization symptoms, especially as these symptoms have been shown to be treatable with both psychotherapy and psychiatric medication.
Juha T Karvonen; Matti Joukamaa; Anne Herva; Jari Jokelainen; Kristian Läksy; Juha Veijola
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Nordic journal of psychiatry     Volume:  61     ISSN:  0803-9488     ISO Abbreviation:  Nord J Psychiatry     Publication Date:  2007  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-24     Completed Date:  2007-08-08     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100927567     Medline TA:  Nord J Psychiatry     Country:  Norway    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  219-24     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Psychiatry, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Ambulatory Care
Anxiety Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology
Cohort Studies
Depressive Disorder / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  psychology
Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Educational Status
Finland / epidemiology
Medical Records
Personality Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology,  psychology
Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
Sex Factors
Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology*,  psychology

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