Somatoform Disorder Specialists Auburn WA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Auburn. Includes detailed information on local clinics that provide access to somatoform disorder specialists, as well as advice and content on somatoform ailments, psychologists, and psychosomatic diseases.

Michael L Snyder, MD
(253) 876-8900
810 28th St NE
Auburn, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1978

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Marc Douglas Avery, MD
253-833-7444 x3114
2704 I St NE
Auburn, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1985

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Ramon Victor Sanchez, MD
(612) 333-0770
1832 S 324th Pl
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1998

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Julia F Tybor Moore, MD
(206) 617-2528
33801 1st Way S
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1969

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Dr.Jeff Hart
(253) 838-2326
33515 10th Pl S # 16
Federal Way, WA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: St. Francis
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.8, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Lindbergh Saburo Sata, MD
(253) 804-9312
1606 Riverview Dr NE
Auburn, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1958

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Luz Marinas Bautista, MD
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Manila Central Univ, Coll Of Med, Caloocan City, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1967

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Jeffrey Donovan Hart, MD
(253) 838-2326
33515 10th Pl S Ste 16
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1982

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Maya C Kumar, MD
(253) 582-8440
Federal Way, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kilpauk Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Dr.Marsha Cain
(253) 952-4779
33516 9th Avenue South
Federal Way, WA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans
Year of Graduation: 1966
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Accurate Diagnosis First Step in Treating Somatoform Disorders

All patients with chronic physical pain are not alike and shouldn't be treated the same. That's the basis of this article on somatoform disorders. Somatoform disorders refer to aches and pains that are amplified (blown out of proportion) because of underlying psychologic or emotional distress. Vague complaints of muscle or joint pain, fatigue, stomach problems, numbness and tingling, headaches, and so on are typical physical complaints associated with somatoform disorders. But despite all medical tests and lab work ordered, the physician is unable to find anything wrong. Treatment is general, rather than specific to the problem.

Somatoform disorders include a number of different problems all placed in this one category. These include somatization disorder, conversion disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, and factitious disorder. The common feature of all these disorders is symptom amplification. The main symptom is usually, but not always, pain. The lack of any evidence that there's anything physically wrong to explain these disorders has led some experts to suggest dropping somatoform disorders as a real diagnosis.

But that's where the authors of this article differ. They suggest that there's a definite need to look deeper and not only find ways to diagnose these problems but also to treat each one specifically. That's a concept they refer to as diagnosis-specific and patient specific treatment. And after briefly describing each condition, they offer some treatment guidelines with the hope that someday we will have specific guidelines for each different disorder, rather than general management techniques.

Health care professionals, especially psychologists and psychiatrists, depend on a publication put out by the American Psychiatric Association called the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual or DSM as it is more commonly referred to. The DSM includes criteria for each somatoform disorder such as signs and symptoms and known causes or risk factors. In addition to a brief review of each disorder, the authors added an extensive table comparing each disorder and offering physicians some treatment guidelines for each one.

Here's a brief summary of the main disorders. Somatization disorder includes vague reports of pain, gastrointestinal problems, sexual problems, and symptoms that suggest a neurologic problem but with no identifiable cause. The problems described by patients last for years and no medical condition can be found to explain them. Conversion disorder describes neurologic symptoms (e.g., numbness, paralysis, blindness, unable to speak) in response to mental, psychologic, and/or emotional stress. Usually, there is a conflict or stress that occurs just prior to the conversion taking place. In the past, conversion was referred to as hysteria. Women are affected more often than men (2:1 ratio).

Most people are familiar with the term hypochondriac -- someone who is always sick, afrai...

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