Chapter 13

Somatic Symptom Disorders

Set B

Glove Anaesthesia

A conversion disorder symptom in which numbness begins at the wrist and is experienced evenly across the hand and all fingers.


A therapeutic technique in which the patient is placed in a trance.

Health Anxiety

Another term for hypochondriasis.

Interpretation Biases

Cognitive biases in which an individual interprets ambiguous events as threatening and evidence for potential negative outcomes.

La Belle Indifference

An indifference about real symptoms (especially when the symptoms would be disturbing to most people) sometimes displayed by individuals with somatoform disorders.

Factitious Disorder Imposed By Another

The intentional falsification of physical or psychological signs or symptoms, or induction of injury or disease, in another person.


A common term used in psychodynamic circles to describe conversion disorder (prior to the latter’s inclusion in the DSM).

Illness Anxiety Disorder

A preoccupation with fears of having or contracting a serious illness based on a misinterpretation of bodily signs or symptoms. Formerly known as Hypochondriasis.