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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 34  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 29-33

Nosological journey of somatoform disorders: From briquet's syndrome to bodily distress disorder

1 Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Psychiatry, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Santosh K Chaturvedi
Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijsp.ijsp_37_18

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Classification of bodily, physical, or somatic symptoms has been a challenge since the classificatory systems have been introduced. The names/labels have undergone a change from hysteria to bodily distress disorder to remove the pejorative terms. The diagnostic criteria have also been modified as there have been significant criticisms of the utility of the categories included under somatoform disorders. Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition and International Classification of Disease, Eleventh Edition have addressed some of the concerns that were raised in the previous version of the classifications by renaming the categories and simplifying the diagnostic criteria to improve clinical utility of the diagnostic categories.

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