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What are warning signs that a person might have somatic symptom disorder?

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Warning signs that a person might have somatic symptom disorder include:

  • The person has a history of going to many doctors. He may even "shop around" for a doctor who'll agree he has a serious illness.
  • The person recently experienced a loss or stressful event.
  • The person is overly concerned about a specific organ or body system, such as the heart or the digestive system.
  • The person's symptoms or area of concern might shift or change.
  • A doctor's reassurance does not calm the person's fears. He believes the doctor is wrong or made a mistake.
  • The person's concern about illness interferes with his or her work, family, and social life.
  • The person may have anxiety, nervousness, and/or depression.

From: Somatic Symptom Disorder WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 9, 2017

SOURCE: Cleveland Clinic.

Reviewed by Joseph Goldberg on February 9, 2017

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