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What causes somatic symptom disorder?

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Experts don't know the exact cause of somatic symptom disorder. Factors that might be involved in the development of the disorder include:

  • A history of physical or sexual abuse
  • A history of having a serious illness as a child
  • A poor ability to express emotions
  • A parent or close relative with the disorder. Children might learn this behavior if a parent is overly concerned about disease and/or overreacts to even minor illnesses
  • An inherited susceptibility for the disorder

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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