Somatic Symptom Disorder
Formerly known as Somatization Disorder
Most commonly associated with bodily pain or fatigue, somatic symptom disorder causes significant distress and impairment. The physical symptoms are overly heightened by thoughts of seriousness of their condition, heightened feelings and behaviors which can cause undue strain on interpersonal relationships. There is intense anxiety about one’s health or symptoms, although there may only be one somatic symptom. It may not be medically explained but patients often go to the hospital or other medical facility.
American Psychiatric Association. (2013). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
What We Don’t Treat
We are not an emergency clinic. We are an outpatient provider so we do not have inpatient facilities. We are not a hospital and do not provide detox services for addictions. We do not treat schizophrenia or brain disorders related to advancing age such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. We are not contracted with any court system and do not provide court ordered services related to child custody or other matters.