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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

The last paragraph in Steven A King's response - about not understanding why genital area pain has been considered psychological - really cheered me up.

Any doctor or psychiatrist who would try that on me would get blasted. Left to tear up during first childbirth, now having a prolapsed uterus which brings about frequent UTIs and other problems, causes a lot of genital area pain and discomfort and anyone trying to blame this on anything but medical reasons would be way out in left field.

Pain "down there" started occuring a long time before the prolapse was complete, probably because it sets in during the process of prolapsing - although I state once again that I have no big diploma. Of course, one has to remember how women's pain is too often labeled as hysterical!

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29 March 2013
Josette Lincourt
Retired by ME
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1490 Painter Circle, Montreal, Canada