A Brief Overview of Nomenclature in Somatic Symptom Disorder

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Presenting Author(s): Dr. Anne-Mary Abe, MD

Date and time: 21 Mar 2020 from 14:00 to 14:30

Location: Hawthorn B  Floor Map

Learning Objectives:

  1. To look at historical and current Nomenclature in somatic symptoms disorders; and
  2. Impact of Nomenclature on patient engagement and treatment in psychiatry services.


Somatic symptom disorder is common in the clinic specialties and primary care settings. Theycan be challenging for the physician, distressing and functionally disabling for the patient. Often psychiatry referral is sought and as psychiatrists we may feel disempowered with this symptoms. Often nomenclature and patient's perception of this regarding their somatic symptoms often impact the engagement of this patient group with psychiatry and the Psychiatrist's ability to offer therapeutic interventions and functional changes for the patient.

Literature References:

1. Management of physical symptoms in the absence of organic disease Abe, Anne-Mary O. Medicine, Volume 45, Issue 2, 77 - 80

2. Medically Unexplained Neurologic Symptoms: A Primer for Physicians Who Make the Initial Encounter Evens, Ashley et al. The American Journal of Medicine, Volume 128, Issue 10, 1059 - 1064

3. Salmon Peter, Peters Sarah, Stanley Ian. Patients' perceptions of medical explanations for somatisation disorders: qualitative analysis BMJ 1999; 318 :372

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