Management of somatoform disorders:
Establishment of a therapeutic alliance with the patient
Behavior modification: involves self-monitoring, graded exercises, relaxation therapy etc.
Pharmacologic treatment: for anxiety, depression and substance dependance associated with somatoform disorders.
Repeated investigations must be discouraged.
Somatoform disorder is best treated by a single therapist offering regularly scheduled consultations.
Early detection and appropriate treatment of somatoform disorders will prevent high cost of investigations and usage of general health services.
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