Bodily distress disorder

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{Bodily Distress Disorder or BDD is a mental health disorder, involving psychological distress resulting from physical symptoms and excessive attention being focused on the physical symptoms by the patient.[1]

Bodily Distress Disorder has been is a new diagnosis in the World Health Organization's ICD-11 classification manual, and while based on the concept of Bodily Distress Syndrome (BDS) proposed by Fink et al. (2007),[2] there are significant differences.[1]

Evidence[edit | edit source]

Bodily Distress Disorder and ME/CFS[edit | edit source]

The World Health Organization's ICD-11 manual states that the following disorders are excluded from the diagnosis of bodily distress disorder:

Controversy[edit | edit source]

There has been concern from researchers, clinicians, patients with ME/CFS, chronic pain patients and others that a medical condition with a biological cause may be diagnosed with Bodily Distress Disorder instead of a physical illness, which could result in the denial of medical tests to establish the correct diagnosis, the denial of necessary medical care,[2][3] and for severely ill patients with ME/CFS possibly forced psychiatric treatment or hospitalization, such as that experienced by Karina Hansen and Sophia Mirza.[citation needed]

Notable studies and publications[edit | edit source]

  • 2019, Bodily Distress Syndrome: Concerns About Scientific Credibility in Research and Implementation[3](Full text)

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References[edit | edit source]

somatic symptom disorder A psychiatric term to describe an alleged condition whereby a person's thoughts somehow cause physical symptoms. The actual existence of such a condition is highly controversial, due to a lack of scientific evidence. It is related to other psychiatric terms, such as "psychosomatic", "neurasthenia", and "hysteria". Older terms include "somatization", "somatoform disorder", and "conversion disorder". Such terms refer to a scientifically-unsupported theory that claims that a wide range of physical symptoms can be created by the human mind, a theory which has been criticized as "mind over matter" parapsychology, a pseudoscience.

International Classification of Diseases (ICD) - A system of medical diagnostic codes, created by the World Health Organization (WHO), to classify diseases and other health related conditions for the purpose of international diagnostic consistency. By having common diagnostic codes around the world, health researchers are better able to quantify and track disease burdens. The most current version is called ICD-11. (Learn more:

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