Literature pertaining to pharmacological treatment of somatoform disorders in childhood is limited. Clinical experience suggests that mood and anxiety disorders will respond to medications even when somatization complicates the picture (Fritz et al. 1997). Although data are not available for pediatric patients, some adult studies suggest that antidepres-sants may be helpful with certain somatic symptoms, such as functional gastrointestinal disorders (Campo and Fritz 2001). Benzodiazepines may ameliorate distress and anxiety in anxious somatiz-ing patients (Campo and Fritz 2001). In an open-label study of adult patients with somatoform disorders, including somatization disorder, hypochon-driasis, and conversion disorder, 61% of patients experienced at least moderate improvement following a 2-week trial of treatment with fluvoxamine (Noyes et al. 1998). Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) have also been found to be helpful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome (Zeiter and Hyams 2002).

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

Free Yourself from Panic Attacks

With all the stresses and strains of modern living, panic attacks are become a common problem for many people. Panic attacks occur when the pressure we are living under starts to creep up and overwhelm us. Often it's a result of running on the treadmill of life and forgetting to watch the signs and symptoms of the effects of excessive stress on our bodies. Thankfully panic attacks are very treatable. Often it is just a matter of learning to recognize the symptoms and learn simple but effective techniques that help you release yourself from the crippling effects a panic attack can bring.

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