Somatoform Disorder Specialists Boulder City NV

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Boulder City. 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.

Elizabeth Mary Tully, MD
(203) 974-7053
1007 Woodacre Dr
Boulder City, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Torino, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Torino, Italy
Graduation Year: 1986

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Mark William Viner, MD
(775) 688-2001
102 E Lake Mead Pkwy
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Spartan Hlth Sci Univ, Vieux Fort, St Lucia
Graduation Year: 1989

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Rogelio D Naranja, MD
(928) 763-0250
59 Coyote Hills St
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1963

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Jack A Jurasky, MD
(702) 433-7177
2416 Greens Ave
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Thomas Peter Kittelsen, MD
631 N Stephanie St
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: U Mundial Dominicana (Umd), Esc De Med (World Univ) (Closed 1991)
Graduation Year: 1985

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Joseph Anthony Kithas, MD
(702) 324-8667
PO Box 62100
Boulder City, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Co Sch Of Med, Denver Co 80262
Graduation Year: 1996

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Pierre-Louis Veuthey, MD
(702) 898-4732
PO Box 50230
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Queensland, Fac Of Med, Herston, Queensland, Australia
Graduation Year: 1966

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John Graham Waite, MD
600 Whitney Ranch Dr
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, Kings Coll Sch Med/Dent, London (352-19 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1967

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Robert Lynn Horne, MD
(702) 822-1188
44 Quail Run Rd
Henderson, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Internal Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Lake Mead Hospital, N Las Vegas, Nv; Valley Hosp Med Ctr, Las Vegas, Nv; Montevista Hosp, Las Vegas, Nv

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Dr.John Waite
(702) 434-5114
600 Whitney Ranch Dr # A5b
Henderson, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of London, Kings Coll Sch Med/Dent
Year of Graduation: 1967
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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