Could someone please tell me the difference between somatization disorder and conversion disorder? They seem to be the same thing, to my understanding it is that the pt experiences symptoms without actually having the physiologic condition, is this correct? If it is how is one disorder different from the other?
It is easy to get lost in the semantics of somatization (sic).
Conversion disorder presents one or more symptoms affecting voluntary motor/sensory function that suggests a neurological or other medical condition...sudden blindness, sudden inability to walk, seizure, et cetera. The complaint or symptom is fairly well localized.
Somatization disorder is somewhat similar but much more broader with much more generalized somatic complaints encompassing many different body areas. Often, there is a long history of these multiple complaints.
In either disorder, no medical condition can explain the symptom(s) and the person suffers from distress and impairment because of such.
Last edit by Thunderwolf on Jul 25, '09