Somatic symptom disorder: an important change in DSM

J Psychosom Res. 2013 Sep;75(3):223-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychores.2013.06.033. Epub 2013 Jul 25.


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.

Keywords: Psychiatric diagnosis; Psychosomatic medicine; Somatoform disorder.

MeSH terms

  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Humans
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Somatoform Disorders / classification
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*