Somatic Symptom Disorder is a mental health disorder that is characterized by being focused on physical symptoms like pain, shortness of breath, or weakness. The worries and complaints about these perceived symptoms may not be relieved by receiving normal test results. For this reason, the individual may be observed to frequently seek medical care and may be too focused on seeking diagnosis that the behavior can affect their ability to function.
Individuals who have the condition may experience anxiety and concern about their health.
If you or someone you know shows these signs, it may be time for you to meet with a mental health professional for an evaluation. They can offer you therapy that can help change your way of thinking and behavior. You will also learn coping skills that can support you in dealing with stress and anxiety to improve your functioning.
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