Somatoform Disorder Specialists Bullhead City AZ

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Bullhead 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.

Mohamed Ibrahim Ramadan, MD
(316) 293-2647
1800 Clubhouse Dr Unit 149
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Alexandria, Fac Of Med, Alexandria, Egypt (330-03 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Mohamed Ramadan
(928) 758-5905
1145 Marina Boulevard
Bullhead City, AZ
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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William Albert Kelly, MD
(314) 754-3245
5300 Highway 95 Department Of Radiology
Fort Mohave, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Cork, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Cork
Graduation Year: 1960

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Peggy Finston, MD
(928) 771-2190
101 E Gurley St Ste 209
Prescott, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1971

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Leonard Joseph Dumonceaux, MD
(928) 772-5771
9851 E Sagebrush Dr
Prescott Vly, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1954

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Juan C Pequeno, MD
(928) 758-5905
1145 Marina Blvd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Nuevo Leon, Fac De Med, Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1986

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Isham Harrison Evans, MD
(662) 690-7590
2755 Silver Creek Rd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1982

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Juan Pequeno
1145 Marina Blvd
Bullhead City, AZ
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Vernon Cosby Barksdale, MD
(480) 838-4300
7500 North Dreamy Draw Drive 133
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1978

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Richard Jaris Schaeffer, MD
(480) 368-1234
9619 N Hayden Rd Ste 116
Scottsdale, AZ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 1960

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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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