If Not Hypochondria, You May Be Living With Somatic Symptom Disorder

By Helen Massy, August 11, 2022

“Essentially, somatic [symptom] disorder suggests a high level of preoccupation with either a real or undiagnosed set of symptoms, which cause significant distress and some degree of life impairment,” said Alex Dimitriu, M.D., who is board-certified in psychiatry and sleep medicine, and founded Menlo Park Psychiatry & Sleep Medicine in California and BrainfoodMD.com. He said anxiety is essential to the diagnosis and could be present generally or limited to more bothersome symptoms.

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