Am in a lot of pain from various conditions and finding the initial side-effects of antidepressant very difficult. Never heard of Somatoform disorder until now. Would be grateful for any help. I am over 65. Tigger
Has anyone tried CBT - with what result? I am referred to Consultant Psychologist. Sounds expensiv?
Added 22 Dec 2009:
Many thanks all for your answers so far on my question . Reading them I realise you need more info than I gave. I have small fibre neuropathy diagnosed 6 years ago after Electrical and Thermal threshhold tests. They said it was mild and wouldn't progress yet it has progressed into my legs. I developed leg tremors on walking 18 months ago, after being given Nitrofurantoin which has a Caution on it for peripheral neuropathy, and this has continued to date. Upon recent retesting for SFN I have now been told that I haven't got SFN, or if I have, it is mild and the pain is out of proportion to this diagnosis. Also had severe reflux for 6 months, but 2 tests have shown as 'normal'. I have been referred for CBT for Somatoform and am seeking info from anyone who has had CBT for this condition.
i use it for when im feeling depressed or anxious and it works for those tiems (extreamly hard during a panic attack though)... anyway i honestly think this is the best therapy to change behaviors and thoughts at the same time. From what iv studied about it its one of the most effective treatments for some mental disorders (im pretty sure psychologists are like 100 bucks a visit w/o insurance, give or take)
It depends on the doctor. I have a Psychologist that just says "So what's on your mind,".. "Think out loud." I've been seeing him for almost 9 years... Show's you it doesn't always work if I've been going for 9 years. I strongly believe it's do to the Psychologist you have. Find one you like and it will help a lot! You will become good "friends" and you will learn to trust he/she over time and it actually does work well. Good Luck
Do you know what the doctor's diagnosis is? Really?
This is from Wikipedia:
"Somatoform disorder (also known as Briquet's syndrome) is a mental disorder characterized by physical symptoms that mimic physical disease or injury for which there is no identifiable physical cause. Somatoform disorder is a condition in which the physical symptoms a person feels are due to mental factors. These symptoms can not be traced to a specific physical cause. In people who have Somatoform disorder, medical test results are either normal or don't explain the person's symptoms. People who have this disorder may undergo several medical evaluations and tests to be sure that they do not have an illness related to a physical cause or central lesion. Patients with this disorder often become very worried about their health because the doctors are unable to find a cause for their health problems. Their symptoms are similar to the symptoms of other illnesses and may last for several years."
I would find another doctor. It seems like he took the easy way out. He does not know what the problem is, so he is saying it is in your head.
I am so sorry that a doctor does not dig deeper to find out why and what is happening to you.
May God Bless
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