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November 18, 2019

The Unaware Physician’s Role in Perpetuating Somatic Symptom Disorder

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  • 1Institute for Maternal and Child Health IRCCS Burlo Garofolo, Trieste, Italy
  • 2University of Trieste, Trieste, Italy
JAMA Pediatr. 2020;174(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2019.4381

Somatic symptom disorder (SSD) is one of the most common complaints in adolescents1,2 and its prevalence is increasing in recent years. The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition) defines SSDs as the presence of 1 or more somatic symptoms (commonly pain), that it is associated with excessive worries, and that thoughts and energies are spent dealing with them, causing a loss of opportunities in personal and social lives (eg, school absenteeism, abandonment of leisure and sports activities, and isolation from social settings).

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