Somatic Symptom Disorder paper in Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

Somatic Symptom Disorder paper (Frances and Chapman) published in May edition of Australian & New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry

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Commentary by Frances and Chapman discussing the over-inclusive DSM-5 Somatic Symptom Disorder criteria and potential implications for diverse patient groups. The paper concludes by advising clinicians not to use the new SSD diagnosis.


DSM-5 somatic symptom disorder mislabels medical illness as mental disorder

Aust N Z J Psychiatry May 2013 47: 483-484, doi:10.1177/0004867413484525

Allen Frances¹, Suzy Chapman²

1 Department of Psychiatry, Duke University

A further commentary on the Somatic Symptom Disorder criteria by Allen Frances, MD, who had chaired the Task Force for DSM-IV, is in press for the June 2013 edition of The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease.

A second paper, Catatonia from Kahlbaum to DSM-5, by David Healy, is also published in this month’s edition of ANZJP:

May 2013; 47 (5)



David Healy

Catatonia from Kahlbaum to DSM-5

Aust N Z J Psychiatry May 2013 47: 412-416, doi:10.1177/0004867413486584

Further reading

APA Somatic Symptom Disorder Fact Sheet

Somatic Chapter Drops Centrality Of Unexplained Medical Symptoms Psychiatric News, Mark Moran, March 1, 2013

Somatic Symptoms Criteria in DSM-5 Improve Diagnosis, Care David J Kupfer, MD, Chair, DSM-5 Task Force, defends the SSD construct, Huffington Post, February 8, 2013

The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill Allen Frances, MD, BMJ 2013;346:f1580 BMJ Press Release

Somatic Symptom Disorder could capture millions more under mental health diagnosis Suzy Chapman, May 26, 2012

Mislabeling Medical Illness As Mental Disorder Allen Frances, MD, Psychology Today, DSM 5 in Distress, December 8, 2012

Why Did DSM 5 Botch Somatic Symptom Disorder? Allen Frances, MD, Psychology Today, Saving Normal, February 6, 2013

New Psych Disorder Could Mislabel Sick as Mentally Ill Susan Donaldson James, ABC News, February 27, 2013

Dimsdale JE. Medically unexplained symptoms: a treacherous foundation for somatoform disorders? Psychiatr Clin North Am 2011;34:511-3. [PMID: 21889675]


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