Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders

This assignment is an analysis of a selected psychological disorder associated with somatic symptom and related disorders. The disorder you select this week will be used to complete the Week 4 assignment.

In keeping with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper should be on the pathological aspects of the disorder you select.

Select a psychological disorder for comprehensive analysis from the following list:
Illness anxiety disorder
Somatic symptom disorder
Conversion disorder
Your selection of topic should be based on your personal or professional experience or your own academic or personal interest in the topic. Be sure to use current terminology from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5).
Include the following in your paper:
Overview of the diagnosis
Explanation of at least one theory of etiology (causes) of the disorder
Explanation of the associated factors in development of the disorder (genetic, environmental, familial, lifestyle)
An analysis of the treatment options for clients using appropriate terminology and citations
Discussion of treatment options of the disorder
Discussion of possible options to reduce frequency or severity of symptoms
Evaluation of how this disorder affects the patient and those in their social community
Conclusion

In keeping with the focus of this class, the emphasis of your paper should be on the pathological aspects of the disorder you select.

Next, research your topic and obtain a minimum of two scholarly and/or peer-reviewed sources published within the last five years. These sources should provide evidence-based information regarding the psychological features of the disorder.

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