Somatoform Disorder Specialists Branson MO

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Branson. 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.

Robert Stanley Demski, MD
(417) 779-0100
2020 Persimmon Hill Ln
Lampe, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Polish
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1963

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Manna, Marci, Phd - Branson Psychological & Diag
(417) 335-8466
895 State Highway 248 Ste C
Branson, MO

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I Neal Cohen Phd
(417) 335-3800
2460 S Business Highway 65 Ste 65
Hollister, MO
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Ferd Wise Phd
(417) 272-1793
21974 Main St
Reeds Spring, MO
Industry
Psychologist

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Michelle Birdsell
(913) 338-0400
4770 North Belleview
Gladstone, MO
Business
Kansas City Psychiatric Group
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: BCBS, Cigna, Aetna, several others. NOT a medicare provider
Medicare Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes

Doctor Information
Residency Training: Rush University
Medical School: Rush University College of Medicine,
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English

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Donna Miller-Brown
(417) 243-2345
VHSO, Branson CBOC
Branson, MO
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Substance-Related Disorder (e.g., abuse or dependency involving drug/alcohol), Individual Psychotherapy, Group Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Florida Institute of Technology
Credentialed Since: 2001-01-29

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Center for Self Control
(417) 335-3800
2460 S Business Highway 65 Ste 107
Hollister, MO
Industry
Psychologist

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Sanders Psychological Services
(417) 739-3326
15094 Main St
Reeds Spring, MO
Industry
Psychologist

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Susan A Minchin MD
(314) 367-3050
1 Barnes-Jewish Hospital Plaza
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Richard Reinhart Christy, MD
(417) 882-1848
440 S Market Ave
Springfield, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1983

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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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