Treating somatoform disorders

Published: November, 2009

Most research supports cognitive behavioral therapy, but other options exist.

About one-third to one-half of all outpatient medical visits worldwide are for symptoms such as pain or fatigue that have no clear physical cause. Some of those seeking help for such unexplained symptoms meet the criteria for somatoform disorders in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fourth Edition (DSM-IV).

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