Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Johnna Medina, M.A.

Somatic Symptom disorder  has replaced the old “Somatization Disorder” in DSM-IV.  Somatic Symptom disorder involves being distressed or having one’s life disrupted by concerns over a physical symptom.  A person with this disorder may worry excessively over a certain health sensation/symptom (e.g., stomach pain), believing that this sensation indicates serious illness (e.g., stomach cancer), although they may not have objective evidence (e.g., by a doctor) to substantiate their concerns. A person may also go to great lengths to attend to or to investigate these health symptoms. A person must exhibit signs of this disorder (e.g., concern over physical health or anxiety over somatic sensations) for at least 6 months (though the actual pain or symptom does not have to be present the entire duration).

 

DSM-5 diagnostic code 300.82.

 

 

APA Reference
Medina, J. (2014). Somatic Symptom Disorder. Psych Central. Retrieved on August 28, 2014, from http://psychcentral.com/disorders/somatic-symptom-disorder/

Symptom criteria summarized from:
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fifth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.
        or
American Psychiatric Association. (1994). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders, fourth edition. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Association.

Scientifically Reviewed
    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 14 Apr 2014
    Published on PsychCentral.com. All rights reserved.

 

 

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