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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

Being just a very ordinary person with no big diploma, one thought has occurred to me as I have followed what is happening with the DSM-5 and SSD.

We live in a time when there is a big push for more public acceptance of psychiatric disorders - which is okay - because the psychiatric label is very bad in many ways: with family, with employers, with insurers, with the whole other medical field.

Could creating SSD have something to do with ensuring that almost EVERYONE out there has a psychiatric label, at one time or other, or always? This would make it a free-for-all for pharmaceutical companies and for insurers who do not cover psychiatric disease as a disability.

Competing interests: No competing interests

28 March 2013
Josette M. Lincourt
Retired by ME etc.
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Montreal, CANADA, H4L 3C3