Cognitive functioning in severe somatization – a pilot study
Article first published online: 23 OCT 2002
Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica
Volume 106, Issue 6, pages 461–463, December 2002
How to Cite
Niemi, P. M., Portin, R., Aalto, S., Hakala, M. and Karlsson, H. (2002), Cognitive functioning in severe somatization – a pilot study. Acta Psychiatrica Scandinavica, 106: 461–463. doi: 10.1034/j.1600-0447.2002.01445.x
- Issue published online: 23 OCT 2002
- Article first published online: 23 OCT 2002
- Accepted for publication August 28, 2002
- somatization disorder;
- neuropsychological tests;
- reaction time
Objective: Somatizing patients often report cognitive complaints but neuropsychological research on somatization is scarce. We investigated somatizing patients for functioning in different cognitive domains.
Method: Ten female patients with somatization disorder or undifferentiated somatoform disorder and 10 non-somatizing controls participated in neuropsychological examinations.
Results: The patients performed at a lower level than the controls in tests involving semantic memory, verbal episodic memory and visuo-spatial tasks, and were slower in attentional tasks.
Conclusion: Somatization patients may suffer from substantial problems in cognitive performance.