Definition: It occurs in individuals experiencing exaggerated and disrupted physical symptoms in multiple areas of the body, accompanied by exaggerated thoughts impairing activities of daily living.
Symptoms: Muscle and joint pain, Low back pain, Tension headache, Chronic fatique, Non-cardiac chest pain, Palpitation, Non-ulcer dyspepsia, Irritable bowel, Dizziness, Insomnia
Treatment: You should have one primary care provider. You may also see a therapist. It's good to see a therapist who has works with treating SSD. take antidepressants to help relieve anxiety and depression. Observe your feelings and beliefs about health, Find ways to reduce stress and anxiety, Stop focusing as much on your physical symptoms, Recognize what seems to increase the pain, Learn how to cope with the pain or other symptoms, Stay active even if still pain is there or other symptoms are present, Function better in your daily life.Your provider should know how to work with you and how to handle both physical and emotional symptoms.
Statistics: The statistics related to Somatic symptom disorder, The 6-month prevalence rate for somatization was 21.9% and for psychological distress, 55.3%. The current rate of co-occurrence of somatization and psychological distress was 20.4%. The most common physical complaints were heart or chest pain, feelings of weakness in different parts of the body, and nausea. Somatization was positively correlated with the intensity of psychological distress and with help-seeking behavior during the 6 months preceding the survey. Women reported significantly more somatic and other distress symptoms than men. Older and divorced or widowed individuals were more likely to meet the criteria for somatization. Within the first 30 months after resettlement, longer length of residence was associated with higher levels of somatization symptoms.