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Medically unexplained symptoms and the health of women

      Medically unexplained symptoms (MUS) are evident clinically in a diverse set of conditions found predominantly in women. These diverse conditions include complaints such as pain and fatigue, problems such as seizures and paralysis, and other neurological conditions. Known as somatoform disorders in psychiatric nosology, these disorders are more common among women than men in the general population, in both clinical and non-clinical settings, and across the age groups. More girls than boys are affected in adolescence also. These conditions can be considered common mental disorders in women along with depression and anxiety. Unlike the somatoform disorders, depression and anxiety are common among men, even though they share a higher prevalence in women across the world.
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