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What is somatic symptom disorder?

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Somatic symptom disorder -- which used to be called hypochondria -- is when you have excessive and unrealistic worries about your health. You're very worried about getting a disease or are sure you have one, even after medical tests show you don't.

You often think minor health problems or normal body functions are symptoms of a serious disease. For example, you're sure your headaches are caused by a brain tumor.

The symptoms associated with somatic symptom disorder aren't under your control. And they can cause great distress and can interfere with a person's life.

Somatic symptom disorder can happen at any time of life, but most often begins in early adulthood. It affects men and women equally.

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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