Behavioral medicine approaches to somatoform disorders

J Consult Clin Psychol. 2002 Jun;70(3):810-27.


This article reviews the research evidence for the efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) for somatoform disorders. Randomized controlled studies support the efficacy of individual CBT for the treatment of hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), and undifferentiated somatoform disorders including medically unexplained symptoms, chronic fatigue syndrome, and noncardiac chest pain, and group CBT for the treatment of BDD and somatization disorder. On the basis of this review of the existing research and a theoretical model of the processes involved in somatoform disorders, the authors offer suggestions for future research and effective treatment.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Behavioral Medicine / methods*
  • Humans
  • Somatoform Disorders / classification
  • Somatoform Disorders / diagnosis*