Somatoform Disorder Specialists Cedar Rapids IA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Cedar Rapids. 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.

Allyson L Wheaton, MD
(319) 365-3993
1730 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.Gary John Keller
Family Smile Care Center, 1630 32nd Ave. NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: St. Lukes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Alan C Whitters, MD
(319) 393-0004
3705 River Ridge Dr NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983

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Rickard Kent Larsen, MD
(319) 365-9939
1519 Center Point Rd NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Methodist Hosp, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Larsen & Rinehart

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Douglas Howard Jones, MD
(319) 365-3993
2202 Upland Dr SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Cedar Centre Psychiatric Group

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Ali Safdar, MD
(319) 398-3562
520 11th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Persian (Farsi), Urdu, Arabic
Education
Medical School: Khyber Med Coll, Univ Of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Mercy Med Ctr, Cedar Rapids, Ia; St Lukes Methodist Hosp, Cedar Rapids, Ia
Group Practice: Abbe Center-Comm Mental Health

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Collyer M Ekholm, MD
(319) 398-3562
520 11th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Claudia Thomas
(319) 365-3993
1730 1st Ave NE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: St. Lukes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
1.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Jeffrey Dean Wilharm, MD
(319) 398-3562
520 11th St NW
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1989

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Thomas William Hansen, MD
(319) 365-3993
175 Indian Creek Ln SE
Cedar Rapids, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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