Somatoform Disorders | Treatment

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How are somatoform disorders treated?

Although there is no known cure for somatoform disorders, they can be managed. Treatment focuses on helping the person who has the disorder to live as much of a normal life as possible, even though he or she may still have some pain or other symptoms. Fortunately, a somatoform disorder will not shorten a person's life.

Your doctor may be able to prescribe medicine for some of your symptoms, but in many cases you will not need medicine.

Seeing your doctor for regular checkups is the most important part of your treatment. Your doctor will tell you how often he or she needs to see you. You may feel frustrated if your symptoms continue, but remember that somatoform disorders can be very difficult to treat. Your doctor will do his or her best to help you maintain your health.

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 07/95

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