Celebrities With Somatic Symptom Disorder! How They Diagnosed It?

Celebrities And Somatic Symptom Disorder

Somatic symptom disorder is a kind of physical symptom that can not be explained by any known physical or mental disorder. That being said, people usually believe that the patients suffering from this disorder are faking the symptoms, which is not true at all. These symptoms are real and often misdiagnosed because of the fact that they can not be clinically explained. And this is very different from situations where some people with a made-up disorder act as if there is an illness or injury so that they can grab your attention.

Celebrities are the ones who suffer the most from somatic symptom disorder. This number comes in a larger number of female celebrities than their male counterparts. These cognitive and physical symptoms disrupt a celebrity’s daily life as well as their personal relationships.

Celebrities With Somatic Symptom Disorder

Unfortunately, the diagnosis can be hard and confusing given the fact that the symptoms move over time and no one can explain why it is happening. Their field of work is hectic and full of busy schedules. This makes them more prone to psychological stress and mental fatigue. Ultimately, it can cause more pain as the symptoms gradually start to intensify. 

Types of somatic symptom disorders

There are mainly 6 types of somatic symptom disorders that are most commonly diagnosed among celebs. These are –

  • Somatization disorder
  • Pain disorder
  • Body dysmorphic disorder
  • Conversion disorder
  • Hypochondriasis
  • Undifferentiated somatoform disorder

Famous patients

One of the famous celebrities suffering from somatic symptom disorder is David Beckham. He suffers from chronic facial and back pain from previous injuries. Apart from him, Howie Mandel, Charlie Sheen, Michael Jackson, and Oprah Winfrey are some of the noteworthy names who have this disorder.


The diagnosis process for this disorder requires every individual patient to go through a special set of routines. Usual symptoms that are found commonly among the patients consist of some unexplained physical symptoms for a minimum of six months.

Furthermore, specific symptoms experienced by individuals, such as Ariana Grande and Priyanka Chopra, are varied from chronic pain to gastrointestinal problems. Although the physical symptoms are not always shown, the exact location of the symptoms generally changes place over time. There is a difference in the severity and kind of pain as well. According to Johnny Depp, his pain is persistent and it lingers indefinitely. Also, it has no explainable underlying cause. Thus, somatic symptom disorder is very hard to treat.

Most of the time, this comes coupled with the cognitive disorder in celebrities like Britney Spears or Timothy Olyphant as well. This includes several mood disorders and the aftermath of the disease from a personal point of view, such as a lot of anxiety and overthinking, and sometimes even destructive thoughts like the impending doom of death. This explains the erratic behavior some of these celeb patients have shown previously.

Physicians believe that the main cause of somatic symptom disorder is more psychological than physical. This happens when the expectation for pain starts a chain reaction of events in the entire body and then the pain settles in one or several specific parts of the body. The disorder is considered minimal when there is only one cognitive symptom like tension or stress. It becomes a moderate disorder when there is more than one cognitive symptom like stress as well as overthinking. Finally, this condition is considered severe if there are several cognitive symptoms present at a time, as well as many somatic symptoms, such as chronic pain. 

In a nutshell

Ironically, the news of a celebrity having somatic symptom disorder gets out only when the conditions become serious and out of control. Mental support from friends and family is the foremost priority for these patients.

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  1. Very interesting, I wonder how many of these celebrities are on a Antidepressant or Benzodiazepine. Listen, it makes sense that celebrities would be more well known to exist with these disorders considering compared to normal folks, their lives are more on display meaning more exposure.
    But think about this, Somatic Syndrome disorders are just hyper fired neurotransmitters within the body which said cause hasn’t been found… Now what medications have basically zero information? Now which medication classes have no long term evidence of improvement, safety and effectiveness, now which med classes can and often do produce hundreds and hundreds of unexplained symptoms? Right… Antidepressants like SSRI/SNRI and especially Benzodiazepines. The symptoms you can experience on these meds which often happen when you are on the medication would scare you from musculatory, neurological, visual and perceptional the list can go on and on. Worst part, again there’s no long term research beyond 3 months on either of these meds, Benzodiazepines were created by Leo H Sternbach in 1954,perfected in 55,sold/reviewed in 58 and brought to market in 1960 where as Antidepressants where wildly used in 1980 when psychology lied by suggesting “The Chemical imbalance hypothesis” which medical science abandoned due to lack of evidence yet psychiatrist will still lie to patients today over… Why? To sell antidepressants that’s literally why the chemical imbalance model hypothesis was created yet since they’re creation we don’t have a single study broadcasting on long term effects, all our known long term effects come from patients who have been through the hell… They got sick with dozens to hundreds of symptoms which medical science can’t test for as most get misdiagnosed as gaslit, then they get wise and suspect the medication as the problem while the doctor lies and says “It can’t be the medication, its just your underlining condition”. They find support groups, learn how to taper and eventually get off the meds only to go through hell for years of symptoms. They recover and move on.
    Now imagine if you never got wise to the meds, stayed on them while a doctor either gives you another drug, increases your dosage or adds more ontop of the one you have… How could you not be misdiagnosed with all kinds of symptoms?
    Somatic syndrome or disorder is like IBS, it’s a cop out. An umbrella term which basically means “We don’t know what’s wrong and won’t look further”, but I bet once Antidepressants (SSRI/SNRI) & Benzodiazepines start gaining long term side effects, BIND (Benzo induced Neurological Dysfunction) and long term effects on the brain, Dopamine, Serotonin, GABA (GabaA), Limbic system and Nervous system both CNS and PNS, I bet whatever you wanna bet that these meds (Antidepressants and Benzodiazepines) start making up 98% of all somatic cases easily. It’s worse now because of how normalized mental health issues is becoming.

    Let me clarify, Mental health issues are real no one is saying they aren’t however how Psychology/Psychiatry is approaching Mental health is single handedly the worst attempt we could of ever done in fact we do more harm to people then good. Let me explain.

    Psychology is one of the biggest lies in the medical community, completely puesdoscience, there’s no medical or scientific evidence of their methods because we can’t test, psychology remains the only field in medicine where we don’t and can’t test the organ attached to study… The brain/mind. We use the DSM which currently we’re up to the DSM-5-rt edition which is a manual that lists symptoms in order to make a diagnoses, again no evidence for their diagnoses they simply get together and vote on which diagnose makes it into the book which is awful considering they are playing with human life. It’s basically all guess work mixed with a license to practice and no one says anything. The DSM is the most controversial and flawed method/tool in all of medicine because the room for error is so high. You can walk into 5 psychologist, get misdiagnosed 3-4 times using their methods.

    That’s just psychologists which at least they try, psychiatry on the other hand is the most evil and sinister practice, if we got rid of it millions of lives would be 100 times better, why? Because they use medications… If you thought that guessing someone’s mental illness diagnose is bad, wait until you hear about medications which I covered above. Imagine buying a car someone built, told you “Hey we don’t know what could happen to you 3 months later,deoendence is a given which you’re be misdiagnosed with a addiction and treated like a addict which is false, not your fault at all there’s a difference between addiction and medication dependence, the withdrawal symptoms can be permanent and hey if the car has issues, we don’t have any medical treatment nor screening processes to help you you’re mostly be misdiagnosed with MS, ALS, IBS, Fibromyalgia all the way to Somatic syndrome… Good luck,”.
    Would you buy that car?
    The only study we have is a 2018 report which is a meta analysis (Multiple small reports collected and viewed as one for a conclusion). This report involved 552 case studies involving 21 popular antidepressants… The conclusion was that Antidepressants are slightly better then a placebo effect… I’ll say that again, slightly better. That’s the best we could do since 1980,and Benzos has no studies long term.
    Not only did this 2018 entry fail to suggest how long this meta analysis lasted for but it didn’t cover the symptoms people felt.
    This is serious, people are living with misdiagnosed syndromes caused by antidepressants/Benzos and no one can figure out what’s wrong.

    Another issue is how normalized mental health is, again mental health is real but how we approach it is a disaster. If you call out how bad these meds and Psychology/Psychiatry are you will be labeled, told you are stigmatizing mental health which is ridiculous.

    The last issue is we don’t know what else these meds touch, we know they attach to:

    Antidepressants (SSRI/SNRI):

    Dopamine D1, D2, D3, D4, and D5

    Serotonin:5-HT1, 5-HT2, 5-HT3, 5-HT4,5-HT5, 5-HT6, 5-HT7

    GabaA receptors

    But out side of that we know nothing more. We know they work by disabling and shrinking the brain which is terrifying. Imagine what else they do that we don’t know about.

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