Issues for DSM-V: Psychological Factors Affecting Either Identified or Feared Medical Conditions: A Solution for Somatoform Disorders

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Somatoform disorders have been the source of much criticism since their introduction in DSM-III. Their overlap with anxiety and depression as well as the uncertainty of etiology in the patient's somatic complaints make such diagnoses less useful to clinicians and commonly upsetting to patients. The authors propose to change this category into 'psychological factors affecting either identified or feared medical conditions' with clinical specifiers as subclassification headings.