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Somatic Symptoms

Are Your Physical Symptoms in Your Head?

Allen Frances | Posted 05.25.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

'It is all in your head' is no more helpful an answer to the patient's puzzling and troubling question than were 'the spirits are angry' or 'the gods are punishing you' or 'your four humors are unbalanced.'

Terrible News: DSM-5 Refuses to Reduce Overdiagnosis of 'Somatic Symptom Disorder'

Allen Frances | Posted 03.20.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The American Psychiatric Association has proven itself incompetent to produce a safe and scientifically sound diagnostic system. Psychiatric diagnosis has become too important in people's lives to be left in the hands of one small and insulated professional organization.

Mislabeling Medical Illness As Mental Disorder: The Eleventh DSM-5 Mistake

Allen Frances | Posted 02.10.2013 | Science
Allen Frances

The golden rule: an underlying medical illness or medication side effect has to be ruled out before ever deciding that someone's symptoms are caused by mental disorder. And the underlying medical illness may take time to declare itself.

If We Don't Ask, They Won't Tell

Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS | Posted 08.26.2012 | Impact
Ranit Mishori, M.D., MHS

His physical exam was always completely normal, save for some scars on his back and thighs, surely from his construction job. Basic lab tests showed nothing abnormal. I just couldn't put it together. What was I missing?

Middle School, Bully and What We Should Do Now

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 06.25.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

Several parts of this documentary made me bristle with fury. I felt both protective of these helpless victims and angry that the adults in charge were mostly dismissive.

Your Teen's Pains May Be Caused by Friends Not Faking

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.26.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

We, as adults, know that stomachaches, chest pains, and even colds and headaches can follow a string of stressful social interactions. For the love of God, I have been waiting for this UCLA study for decades.

Can Your Friends Make You Sick?

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 03.25.2012 | Women
Barbara Greenberg

I remember being bedridden with writhing stomach pain in 7th grade when Lisa K. decided that I was an "undesirable" and that none of the girls in my English class should talk to me.