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The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1580 (Published 19 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1580

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Re: The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill

As a Moderator on the support group~Living with Trigeminal Neuralgia, I am deeply concerned about "The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill ". I fear that this will lead to withdrawal of appropriate treatments and wrongly labeling many patients who already have too much to bear. I have corresponded with thousands of chronic pain patients. I have never had the slightest inkling that any one of them is mentally ill. Depression caused by chronic pain is common, who in permanent severe pain would not have depression? But I do not believe that they ONLY have depression. Please do all you can to stop this grave injustice. As a sufferer myself, I strongly oppose DSM-5.

Competing interests: No competing interests

08 April 2013
jacqueline cornfield
Manager
Living with Trigeminal Neuralgia
63 norman road