What Is Somatic Symptom Disorder?

Somatic symptom disorder involves a person having a significant focus on physical symptoms, such as pain, weakness or shortness of breath, that results in major distress and/or problems functioning. The individual has excessive thoughts, feelings and behaviors relating to the physical symptoms. The physical symptoms may or may not be associated with a diagnosed medical condition, but the person is experiencing symptoms and believes they are sick (that is, not faking the illness).

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Patient Stories: Somatic Symptom Disorder

Read patient stories about somatic symptom disorder and learn how to share your story.

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