A strong doctor-patient relationship can cure Somatic symptom disorder

There are several kinds of mental disorders. Somatic Symptom Disorder, (SSD) also known as Somatoform disorder”, is one them.

Somatic Symptom Disorder is a kind of mental illness in which a patient is going through such symptoms like pain, a patient may feel some kind of illness or pain that symptoms are not factual but because of the too much stress in mind a patient feels those symptoms. The symptoms may or may not be traceable to a physical cause.The different part and organs may be involved in such symptoms. The symptoms include:-

  • Pain
  • Neurological problems
  • Gastrointestinal complaints
  • Sexual symptoms
  • Anxiety disorder
The symptoms of this disease experienced by a patient are not fake but the distress they experience of pain or any other problem are real but there is no physical explanation for it. The Patient who experiences SSD may cling to the belief that their symptoms have an underlying physical cause despite of a lack of evidence of a physical explanation.

A strong doctor-patient relationship is a key to get rid of this disease. The focus of treatment is on the improvement of the daily functioning rather than in unnecessary tests. counselling for the members of the family and friends will be beneficial. (WD)

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