Somatoform and Dissociative Disorders
Somatoform disorders are characterized by the complaint of certain bodily symptoms that may suggest a physical defect or dysfunction, many times exaggerated, for which no physiological basis can be discovered (Kring, et.al, 2007, 159). For example, pain disorder, body dysfunction disorder, and so on. Dissociative disorders, on the other hand, are disruptions of consciousness (Kring et.al., 2007, 159). As such, a person with a dissociative disorder may lose their sense of self-awareness, memory and even identity (Kring et.al., 2007, 159). Examples of dissociative disorders include dissociative amnesia and dissociative identity disorder.