The ultimate goal is to improve your ability to function day to day. To achieve this, there are broadly three aspects to your treatment.
Typically, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) will be recommended. Amongst other things, this can help to:
- reduce stress and depression;
- address your thoughts, expectations and preoccupations relating to your health;
- reduce your avoidance of certain activities and situations;
- teach you coping strategies.
“Thank you Andrew. I was at my wits end with [previous solicitors] but it took me a long time to pluck up the courage to call you. All I can say is what a difference you’ve made. All the way along you’ve been so reassuring and confident and always made time to speak to me. I wish all solicitors could be like you. Thank you again.” ML (£315,000 received), August 2018
Antidepressant medication is commonly prescribed to people suffering a Somatic Symptom Disorder, but not just to treat symptoms of depression. Some antidepressant drugs such as Amitriptyline, Venlafaxine and Duloxetine can help to reduce pain, which is commonly a major feature of a Somatic Symptom Disorder, regardless of the presence or otherwise of depression.
Changes to lifestyle and learning a variety of coping strategies can help to improve your quality of life by enabling you to become more involved in domestic, family and social activities. This can best be achieved with the help of professionals such as physiotherapists, occupational therapists and psychologists.
With help, many people are able to increase the range and duration of daily activities and in so doing also further improve their fitness and function.
Stress management and relaxation techniques can also help to improve symptoms.
“Richard’s understanding, professionalism and sheer tenacity was inspirational and his hard work turned the case around resulting in my receiving a settlement which included funds that allow me to receive treatment that help make my condition more bearable. My husband and I are extremely grateful to Richard, his secretary Amanda and BLB for all they have done for me.” PS (£410,000 received), September 2017
What will happen when you call us?
For a free, confidential discussion, contact us either using the form at the bottom of this page, or call us on 01225 462871.
One of our specialist Somatic Symptom Disorder solicitors will be waiting to speak with you. They will be able to talk through your situation and make a realistic assessment of how we can:
- get your claim back on track;
- maximise your compensation; and, crucially
- help you to obtain the early, specialist treatment you need.
For information on Somatic Symptom Disorder and other chronic pain conditions, including the latest on research and treatment, please also keep an eye on our informative and regularly updated Blog.