Background: Women are more likely than men to report somatoform disorders and depression, and anxiety. Somatic presentations are the rule in routine clinical practice, and when physicians cannot find a pathological basis for them they are referred to as somatization.
The present study recorded somatoform disorders in the elderly.
Materials and Methods: 105 patients of somatoform disorders of both genders were assessed by the Composite International Diagnostic Interview adapted to the needs of the elderly (CIDI65+).
Results: Out of 105 patients, males were 65 and females were 40. Common clinical features were back pain in 45, abdominal & belly pain in 30, pain in joints in 78, pain in arms in 60, genital pain in 12, difficulty in urination in 23, painful menstrual periods in 35, and chest pain in 17 and headache in 27. The difference was significant (P< 0.05).
Conclusion: Most commonly affected gender was males and common symptoms were pain in joints and arms.