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How do treat somatic symptom disorder?

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The focus of treatment is on improving daily life, not on managing symptoms. Cognitive behavioral therapy focuses on correcting:

Reducing stress is often an important part of getting better. Counseling for family and friends may be useful, too.

A strong doctor-patient relationship is key to getting help with SSD. Seeing a single doctor with experience managing SSD can cut down on unnecessary tests and treatments.

  • Distorted thoughts
  • Unrealistic beliefs
  • Behaviors that prompt worries about health

From: Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders WebMD Medical Reference

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Somatoform Disorders."

Omaya, O. , Nov. 1, 2007. American Family Physician

First, M. and Tasman, A. , second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 14, 2018

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American Academy of Family Physicians: "Somatoform Disorders."

Omaya, O. , Nov. 1, 2007. American Family Physician

First, M. and Tasman, A. , second edition, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010. Clinical Guide to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders

Reviewed by Smitha Bhandari on November 14, 2018

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