Somatic symptom disorders, formerly known as somatoform disorders, are a group of psychological disorders in which a patient experiences physical symptoms that are inconsistent with or cannot be fully explained by any underlying general medical or neurological condition. The DSM-5 defines this disorder as one characterized by the presence of one or more somatic symptoms that are distressing and result in significant disruption in daily life.
• If you have persistent thoughts about the seriousness of one’s symptoms.
• When you have persistently high levels of anxiety about health or symptoms.
• If you devote excessive time and energy to these symptoms or health concerns.
• If, despite medical evaluation and reassurance, you are convinced that you have a serious disease or your symptoms continue to bother you.
The primary treatment is psychotherapy, particularly cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). The goal is to help patients identify and alter unhealthy thoughts, perceptions, and behaviors that may contribute to their symptoms.
If you or a loved one is struggling with a somatic symptom disorder, reach out to us. Our team of psychologists is ready to help you understand and manage your symptoms. Contact us today, and take the first step towards recovery.