Somatization

Somatization occurs when psychological concerns are converted into physical symptoms. For example, a person who has just lost a loved one may somaticize their grief through severe fatigue. The prefix “soma” stems from the Greek word for body.

Somatic symptoms can range from joint pain to temporary loss of vision. Though they have no underlying physical cause, somatic symptoms are very real. An absence of digestive issues does not change the fact that someone’s nausea is making them vomit.

Somatization is a symptom, not a diagnosis in itself. It is often part of somatic symptom disorder and conversion disorder, though it can appear with other conditions. People experiencing somatization can get treatment from a mental health professional.

 

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