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Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders: Risk for

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5), has undergone substantial revision in the classification of diagnoses related to somatization and excessive illness behavior since the previous edition (DSM-IV). These disorders, most of which were formerly subsumed under the heading “Somatoform Disorders,” are now classified under the DSM-5 heading of “Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders.” DSM-5 diagnostic criteria for factitious disorder and conversion disorder contain only slight modifications of the DSM-IV criteria. That is, factitious disorder continues to entail the intentional falsification of signs or symptoms in the absence of an external incentive (e.g., financial compensation), and conversion disorder remains appropriate in cases of medically unexplained altered motor or sensory function not attributable to conscious acts of deception. At the same time, ...

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