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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