What you will learn

  • 1

    When Do Medical Symptoms Become Somatic Symptoms?

    • Introduction

    • Somatic symptoms, illness anxiety, & NFS

    • Clinical presentation

    • How common are somatizing disorders?

    • Measuring somatic symptom disorders

    • LEVEL 2 - Somatic Symptom (pdf version)

    • NFS Severity Rating Scale (pdf version)

  • 2

    Chemistry, Connectivity, and Psychosocial Causes

    • Introduction

    • Rate causes of illness anxiety

    • The role of your body's chemistry and genes

    • Your brain, connectivity, and somatic symptoms

    • The neural networks behind somatic disorders and NFS

    • Psychosocial causes: Trauma

    • Sociocultural causes & the medical model

    • Secondary handicap

    • Anxiety sensitivity

  • 3

    Finding Effective Treatment

    • Introduction

    • Rate treatments for illness anxiety

    • Alternative therapies

    • Lifestyle change - activation

    • Medication

    • Psychotherapy: CBT for somatic symptom disorder

    • Systemic change

    • CBT for illness anxiety disorder

    • The consultation letter

  • 4

    Make a plan!

    • Putting it all together

    • References