Updating mental illness diagnosis

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Patients with illness anxiety disorder may or may not have a medical condition but have heightened bodily sensations, are intensely anxious about the possibility of an undiagnosed illness, or devote excessive time and energy to health concerns, often obsessively researching them.

Like people with somatic symptom disorder, they are not easily reassured.

"By eliminating the concept of medically unexplained symptoms, the DSM-5 criteria prevent the easy assumption of a psychiatric diagnosis in patients who present with medical symptoms of unclear etiology." He points out that thousands of patients were diagnosed with stress ulcers before the discovery of Helicobacter pylori.

SSA has not fully revised the Listings for mental disorders since 1990 and proposed these rule changes in November 2010.Although some adults may also relate to some of the symptoms of these disorders, typically the disorder’s symptoms need to have first appeared at some point in the person’s childhood.These disorders typically aren’t diagnosed until an individual is a young adult, often not until their 20’s or even 30’s.The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) is the reference manual mental health professionals and physicians use to diagnose mental disorders in the United States.First published in 1952, the most recent edition of this reference text -- the 5th edition, so it will be known as the DSM-5 -- is to be published in May 2013.

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