Bodily distress disorder

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Bodily Distress Disorder (BDD), also known as Bodily Distress Syndrome, is a mental health disorder, involving psychological distress resulting from physical symptoms.[citation needed] Bodily Distress Disorder has been proposed as a new diagnosis in ICD-11.

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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 medical care, and for severely ill patients possibly forced psychiatric treatment or hospitalization, such as that experienced by Karina Hansen and Sophia Mirza.[citation needed]

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  • 2019, Bodily Distress Syndrome: Concerns About Scientific Credibility in Research and Implementation[2](Full text)

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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. Although "Somatic Symptom Disorder" is the term used by DSM-5, the term "Bodily Distress Disorder" has been proposed for ICD-11. (Learn more:

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