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Letters New somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5

A step in the wrong direction

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 16 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2233
  1. Steven A King, chair, DSM-IV and DSM-IV-TR pain disorders committees1
  1. 1Pain Management and Psychiatry, New York, NY, USA
  1. kingpain{at}

As a physician who trained in both psychiatry and pain management and chaired the DSM-IV ((Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition) and DSM-IV-TR (text revision) committees on pain disorder, I am worried about subsuming these diagnoses under the new somatic symptom disorder diagnosis in DSM-5.1

This new diagnosis, at least with regard …

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