Somatoform Disorder Specialists Big Rapids MI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Big Rapids. 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.

Leonard C Vander Linde, MD
(843) 341-9009
3351 Claystone South East
Big Rapids, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1980

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Rockford Services Psychological
(231) 796-6009
10495 Northland Dr
Big Rapids, MI
Industry
Psychologist

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Carelinc Medical
(800) 360-7014
705 Oak St
Big Rapids, MI
Industry
Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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Madhvi Richards, MD
(517) 353-0370
B119 W Fee Hall
East Lansing, MI
Business
Michigan State University Psychiatry
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Lisa French Hinchman, MD
(248) 474-4701
29887 W 11 Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1993

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Richard Watkins
1627 S Riverview Dr
White Cloud, MI
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Rockford Psychological Services
(231) 796-6009
413 Mecosta Ave
Big Rapids, MI
Industry
Psychologist

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Ellen Rotblatt, MD
(248) 737-5437
31555 W Fourteen Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
Business
Ellen Rotblatt MD PC
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Ellen Rotblatt, MD
(248) 737-5437
31555 W Fourteen Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
Business
Ellen Rotblatt MD PC
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Margaret Rabaey Thompson, MD
9090 South Rodgers Court South East South
Caledonia, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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