• Advanced practice nursing;
  • assessment of somatoform disorder;
  • somatization

PURPOSE:  This article will endeavor to present an alternative view of somatoform disorders, assist in understanding the possible underlying comorbid psychiatric symptoms, and identify psychopharmacological options for treatment.

CONCLUSIONS:  Recognizing symptom clusters is a useful strategy when considering psychotropic options for treatment and management.

PRACTICE IMPLICATIONS:  The alternative strategies presented and discussed in this article can contribute to a useful and positive experience for both the clinician and the individual suffering from medically unexplained physical symptoms as they promote the care, health, and well-being of the individual rather than a cure, illness, and/or disease state that needs rendering, mending, and/or surgery.