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What is the long term outcome for a person with one of the

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What is the long term outcome for a person with one of the Somatoform Disorders?
It all depends on the type of treatment the person pursues and how they respond to treatment, of course. But, in general, I would say that people with anxiety disorders respond very well to therapy. Also, once the treatment is in effect, it's not that difficult to maintain. People with anxiety disorders are often very high functioning and are indistinguishable from people who don't have any sort of psycholgical diagnosis. This is very different from something like psychotic disorder or bipolar, which requires more intensive maintenance and can really interfere with everyday life. Again, anxiety disorders are very treatable. The downside is that before symptoms are under control patients can feel like its the end of the world or that the symptoms will never go away (unfortunate consequence of anxiety), but that isn't the case at all. I've had several patients go on to become doctors themselves and one who became a trial lawyer! There is always a light at the end of the tunnel and people to hold your hand along the way.
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PS - while somatoform disorders can be daunting, they are really no harder to deal with than any anxiety disorder (OCD, Panic, etc). The one difference is that coordination with the patient's general practitioner is often helpful.

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