Somatoform Disorder Specialists Burke VA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Burke. 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.

C Lawrence Horn, MD
(301) 897-0099
9611 Lincolnwood Dr
Burke, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dr.Mark Laty
(386) 562-1400
8996 Burke Lake Rd, #201
Burke, VA
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Salemon Srulevich, MD
(703) 978-6871
Burke, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De La Republica, Fac De Med, Montevideo, Uruguay
Graduation Year: 1955

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Dr.Ilana Bar-Levav
(301) 657-3100
8996 Burke Lake Rd, #201
Burke, VA
Gender
F
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Mattie Davis White, MD
(703) 455-7762
Burke, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ Coll Of Human Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Michael Golder
(202) 741-2861
8996 Burke Lake Rd, #201
Burke, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Ruth Elizabeth Imershein, MD
(703) 356-5802
5206-B Rolling Rd
Burke, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1977

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Dr.Donald Fong
(609) 737-7797
8996 Burke Lake Rd, #201
Burke, VA
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Tx Tech Univ Hlth Sci Ctr Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Gerardo B Manansala, MD
(202) 865-6613
9109 Lake Braddock Dr
Burke, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Harriet Soheil, MD
(703) 866-3043
8507 Grigsby Dr
Springfield, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tabriz Univ, Fac Of Med, (Univ Of Azarabadegan) Tabriz, Iran
Graduation Year: 1961

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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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