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Submission + - Millions of people could be labelled mentally ill with new DSM (eurekalert.org)

ceview writes: According to an opinion piece in the BMJ " The new somatic symptom disorder in DSM-5 risks mislabeling many people as mentally ill"

  Allen Frances, Chair of the current (DSM-IV) task force notes that " by eliminating the requirement that somatic symptoms must be "medically unexplained" he explains. In DSM-5, the focus shifts to "excessive" responses to distressing, chronic, somatic symptoms with associated "dysfunctional thoughts, feelings, or behaviours."

And goes on to note that " Somatic symptom disorder captured 15% of patients with cancer or heart disease and 26% with irritable bowel syndrome or fibromyalgia, and had a very high false-positive rate of 7% among health people in the general population."

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Millions of people could be labelled mentally ill with new DSM

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