• Benjamin B. Wolman


The second edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders of the American Psychiatric Association (DSM-II; APA, 1965), defined the hypochondriacal neurosis as follows:The hypochondriacal neurosis is dominated by preoccupation with the body and with fear of presumed diseases of various organs. Though the fears are not of delusional quality, as in psychotic depression, they persist despite reassurance. The condition differs from hysterical neurosis in that there are no actual losses or dislocations of function.


American Psychiatric Association Somatic Symptom Depressed Individual Psychosomatic Symptom Psychotic Depression 
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