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Somatic Symptom Disorder

Traci Speed, M.D., Ph.D., Glenn Treisman, M.D., Ph.D.
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  • A chronic mental disorder with persistent somatic symptom(s) associated with thoughts, feelings, and behaviors that are disproportionate to the somatic symptoms
  • Somatic Symptom Disorder is classified under the Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders section of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th Edition (DSM-5).[1]
  • This is a new disorder in DSM-5 that attempts to combine heterogeneous conditions, including the former somatization disorder, hypochondriasis, chronic pain conditions, and undifferentiated somatoform disorder[1].
    • Hypochondriasis: disease preoccupation disproportionate to pathology which endures despite medical reassurance
    • Somatization: experience or complaint of physical symptoms because of some other psychological distress (due to a disease, personality vulnerabilities, a drive, and/or life events)
    • Briquet’s syndrome: life-long multisystem somatic complaints associated with a constellation of vulnerabilities, including temperament, sex, socioeconomic, status and intelligence; it was linked with the now-banned term “hysteria”

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Last updated: May 2, 2017


Speed, Traci, and Glenn Treisman. "Somatic Symptom Disorder." Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide, 2017. Johns Hopkins Guide, www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787071/all/Somatic_Symptom_Disorder.
Speed T, Treisman G. Somatic Symptom Disorder. Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. 2017. https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787071/all/Somatic_Symptom_Disorder. Accessed June 24, 2019.
Speed, T., & Treisman, G. (2017). Somatic Symptom Disorder. In Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. Available from https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787071/all/Somatic_Symptom_Disorder
Speed T, Treisman G. Somatic Symptom Disorder [Internet]. In: Johns Hopkins Psychiatry Guide. ; 2017. [cited 2019 June 24]. Available from: https://www.hopkinsguides.com/hopkins/view/Johns_Hopkins_Psychiatry_Guide/787071/all/Somatic_Symptom_Disorder.
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