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This paper describes the rationale for the new diagnosis of somatic symptom disorder (SSD) within DSM5. SSD represents a consolidation of a number of previously listed diagnoses. It deemphasizes the centrality of medically unexplained symptoms and defines the disorder on the basis of persistent somatic symptoms associated with disproportionate thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to these symptoms. Data are presented concerning reliability, validity, and prevalence of SSD, as well as tasks for future research, education, and clinical practice.

Original publication

DOI

10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.06.033

Type

Journal article

Journal

J Psychosom Res

Publication Date

09/2013

Volume

75

Pages

223 - 228

Keywords

Psychiatric diagnosis, Psychosomatic medicine, Somatoform disorder, Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Humans, Reproducibility of Results, Somatoform Disorders