Somatoform Disorder Specialists Blytheville AR

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Blytheville. 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.

Monica G Salgueiro, MD
415 Chickasawba St
Blytheville, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Centro-Occidental, Esc De Med "dr Pa Ortiz", Barquisimeto
Graduation Year: 1986

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Carlos Salgueiro
415 Chickasawba St
Blytheville, AR
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Ziolko Mary Ellen Phd
(870) 762-1883
206 N 5th St
Blytheville, AR
Industry
Psychologist

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Richard Carl Heckmann, MD
(479) 444-5048
1100 N College Ave
Fayetteville, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Baylor Coll Of Med, Houston Tx 77030
Graduation Year: 1979

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Richard R Owen Jr, MD
(501) 257-1710
2200 Fort Roots Dr # 152/NLR
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: Central Arkansas Hosp, Searcy, Ar; John L Mc Clellan Mem Va Hospi, Little Rock, Ar; U A M S Med Ctr, Little Rock, Ar
Group Practice: Medical College Physicians Grp Univ Of Arkansas Med Sciences

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Seniora Matthews, MD
(870) 338-8283
1520 N Division St
Blytheville, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo-Kansas City Sch Of Med, Kansas City Mo 64108
Graduation Year: 1994

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Midsouth Medicine Psychiatry Pa
(870) 763-2461
415 Chickasawba St
Blytheville, AR
Industry
Osteopath (DO), Psychologist

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Families Inc
(870) 622-0592
1487 W Keiser Ave
Osceola, AR
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Stacy R McBain, MD
(501) 686-5803
205 E H Ave
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.DUONG NGUYEN
(501) 228-7400
9601 Lile Dr # 1050
Little Rock, AR
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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