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