Somatic symptom disorders

Samantha Banbury, Daniel Sister , Steve Vethanayagam

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Somatic symptom disorders (SSD’s) are a complex set of psychological disorders in which patients experience physical symptoms that cannot be traced to a physical cause. Examples of SSD’s include illness anxiety disorder, conversion disorder, psychological factors affecting other medical conditions, factitious disorder, other specified somatic and related disorder and unspecified somatic symptom and related disorder. The diagnosis of SSD’s follows a thorough medical workup and/or psychiatric evaluation. Treatments should centre on a biopsychosocial approach and employ the appropriate medical, psychological and psychosocial interventions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)159-169
JournalClinical Focus Primary Care
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes


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