Psychological factors affecting medical condition

A new proposal for DSM-V

Giovanni A. Fava, Stefania Fabbri, Laura Sirri, Thomas Wise

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Abstract

The DSM category of "psychological factors affecting medical condition" had virtually no impact on clinical practice. However, several clinically relevant psychosomatic syndromes have been described in the literature: disease phobia, persistent somatization, conversion symptoms, illness denial, demoralization, and irritable mood. These syndromes, in addition to the DSM definition of hypochondriasis, can yield clinical specification in the category of "psychological factors affecting medical condition" and eliminate the need for the highly criticized DSM classification of somatoform disorders. This new classification is supported by a growing body of research evidence and is in line with psychosomatic medicine as a recognized subspecialty.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)103-111
Number of pages9
JournalPsychosomatics
Volume48
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
Irritable Mood
Hypochondriasis
Psychology
Psychosomatic Medicine
Somatoform Disorders
Phobic Disorders
Research
Syndrome
Psychological
Denial (Psychology)
Phobia
Mood
Illness
Clinical Practice
Denial
Medicine
Somatization

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  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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Psychological factors affecting medical condition : A new proposal for DSM-V. / Fava, Giovanni A.; Fabbri, Stefania; Sirri, Laura; Wise, Thomas.

In: Psychosomatics, Vol. 48, No. 2, 01.01.2007, p. 103-111.

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Fava, Giovanni A. ; Fabbri, Stefania ; Sirri, Laura ; Wise, Thomas. / Psychological factors affecting medical condition : A new proposal for DSM-V. In: Psychosomatics. 2007 ; Vol. 48, No. 2. pp. 103-111.
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