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What is the treatment for somatoform disorder?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
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In brief: Somatoform Disorder

Research has shown cognitive behavioral therapy to be the most effective treatment for somatoform disorders.
These patients often interpret physical sensations as signs of dire illness, and become very anxious. Cbt can help the person reframe these experiences so that health concerns normalize. A consultation letter to the primary care physician may help also. Use of antidepressants is inconclusive.

In brief: Somatoform Disorder

Research has shown cognitive behavioral therapy to be the most effective treatment for somatoform disorders.
These patients often interpret physical sensations as signs of dire illness, and become very anxious. Cbt can help the person reframe these experiences so that health concerns normalize. A consultation letter to the primary care physician may help also. Use of antidepressants is inconclusive.
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