Psychological factors in medical disorders assessed with the diagnostic criteria for psychosomatic research

Piero Porcelli, Orlando Todarello

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Abstract

The Diagnostic Criteria for Psychosomatic Research (DCPR) are a diagnostic and conceptual framework that aims to translate psychosocial variables that derived from psychosomatic research into operational tools whereby individual patients could be identified. A set of 12 syndromes was developed and grouped in the clusters of abnormal illness behavior (health anxiety, disease phobia, thanatophobia, and illness denial), somatization (functional somatic symptoms secondary to a psychiatric disorder, persistent somatization, conversion symptoms, and anniversary reaction), irritability (type A behavior, irritable mood), demoralization, and alexithymia. This chapter aims to illustrate the criteria for each of the 12 DCPR syndromes and how to diagnose them with the aid of the DCPR Structured Interview, as illustrated in a clinical example.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
Pages108-117
Number of pages10
Volume32
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

Publication series

NameAdvances in Psychosomatic Medicine
Volume32
ISSN (Print)00653268

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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