Is bipolar disorder and somatoform disorder the same or can a person have both? What is affective disorder?
Affective disorder is a mental disorder characterized by a consistent, pervasive alteration in mood, and affecting thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Somatoform disorder is a condition in which the physical pain and symptoms a person feels are related to psychological factors. These symptoms can’t be traced to a specific physical cause. In people who have somatoform disorder, medical test results are either normal or don’t explain the person’s symptoms. People who have this disorder may have several medical evaluations and tests to be sure that they don’t have another illness. They often become very worried about their health because they don’t know what’s causing their health problems. Their symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses and may last for several years. People who have somatoform disorder are not faking their symptoms. The pain that they feel is real. So it is not the same as Bipolarity but you can have both at the same time.