Chapter 13

Somatic Symptom Disorders

Set A

Behavioural Stress Management

Behavioural techniques designed to reduce worrying and increase relaxation.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)

An intervention for changing both thoughts and behaviour. CBT represents an umbrella term for many different therapies that share the common aim of changing both cognitions and behaviour.


An example of magnification, in which the individual takes a single fact to its extreme.

Drug Treatments

The use of pharmacological or drug treatments to alleviate some of the symptoms of psychopathologies.

Factitious Disorder

A set of physical or psychological symptoms that are intentionally produced in order to assume the sick role.

Behaviour Therapy

Behavioural treatment methods based on classical conditioning principles, which assumed that learned psychopathology could be ‘unlearned’ using normal learning processes.


Psychodynamic interpretations of somatic symptom disorders in which distressing memories, inner conflict, anxiety and unacceptable thoughts are repressed in consciousness but outwardly expressed as somatic symptoms.

Conversion Disorder

The presence of symptoms or deficits affecting voluntary motor or sensory function.