The goal of treatment is to help you learn to control your symptoms.
Having a supportive relationship with a health care provider is the most important part of treatment.
Finding a mental health provider who has experience treating somatization disorders with talk therapy (psychotherapy) can be helpful. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), a kind of talk therapy, can help you deal with your pain. During therapy, you will learn:
If you have depression or an anxiety disorder, it may respond to antidepressant medications.
You should not be told that your symptoms are imaginary. Many health care providers now recognize that real physical symptoms can result from psychological stress.
You can become dependent on pain relievers or sedatives.
Having a good relationship with your primary health care provider is helpful. Call for an appointment if you notice a major change in your symptoms.
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