Somatoform Disorder Specialists Buckeye AZ

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Buckeye. 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.

Richard Harrison Bruner, MD
(623) 536-2897
15874 W Avalon Dr
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1955

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Laura Kathryn Sherman, MD
(623) 734-2224
15291 W Amelia Dr
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1995

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Antonio L Carr, MD
(602) 239-6722
12664 W El Nido Ct
Litchfield Park, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert Lee Brewer, DO
Luke Afb, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1971

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Barbara Baumgardner
(623) 262-8915
1626 N. Litchfield Road
Goodyear, AZ
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Family Psychotherapy, Disorder Diagnosed in Infancy-Adolescence (e.g., ADHD, LD, MR, or Pervasive Devel Disorder)
Ages Served
Infants (0-2 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Fielding Graduate University
Credentialed Since: 2008-06-12

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John F Mardock, MD
15815 W Vale Dr
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Prema Caruna, MD
(714) 447-7000
Goodyear, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Stanley Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Madras, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Eric A Hegybeli, DO
(928) 668-4428
18033 W Denton Ave
Litchfield Pk, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard Cross
7219 N Litchfield Rd
Luke Afb, AZ
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Dane A Higgins
(623) 977-6860
14044 W. Camelback Rd.
Litchfield Park, AZ
Services
Clinical Neuropsychological Assessment, Clinical Neuropsychological Intervention, Psychoeducational Evaluation, Psychological Assessment, Individual Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Languages Spoken
French
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Virginia Tech
Credentialed Since: 2004-11-18

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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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