Drug therapy such as anti-depressants and anti-anxiety medication. Pain killers and other medication specific to varying symptoms may be prescribed. It must be said that certain conventional medications can cause side effects that may even worsen the symptoms, such as elevated heart rate or further symptoms of anxiety.
Psychotherapy or cognitive therapy can be extremely beneficial in addressing underlying emotional problems and psychological conflicts. The aim of treatment is often to apply positive thinking and learn strategies and techniques to cope with daily life. When the underlying anxieties are confronted and addressed, it no longer becomes necessary for the mind to ‘convert’ them into pain and other physical symptoms.
Natural Treatment Options
- Homeopathy and herbal remedies
- Massage therapy
Because somatoform disorders are usually precipitated or exacerbated by emotional stressors and anxiety, there are a number of natural herbal and homeopathic remedies that may be beneficial in treating these underlying problems.
Herbal and homeopathic ingredients such as Passion Flower, Lavender, and St. John's Wort provide much needed emotional relief and help to induce a calming effect without harmful sedatives.
They can be extremely beneficial in the case of a person with a somatoform disorder, as they help to normalize body systems and gently bring about balance and harmony – with no side effects.
Used in combination with other therapeutic options, these remedies can help relieve somatic symptoms and allow a return to peace and harmony of self. Consult your doctor, naturopath, homeopath or herbalist about the remedy most appropriate to your needs.