Somatoform Disorder Specialists Cleveland OH

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Cleveland. 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.

Daniel Ionescu, MD
(216) 778-4428
22447 Lake Rd Apt 310
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Elias Albert Khawam, MD
(216) 444-3813
3400 Wooster Rd Apt 314
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1991

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Erika Venta De Long, MD
(440) 331-5117
20325 Center Ridge Rd # 4410
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Languages
German, Other, Russian
Education
Medical School: Univ Wien, Med Fak, Wien, Austria (407-26 3/1938 To 6/1945)
Graduation Year: 1957
Hospital
Hospital: Deaconess Hosp Of Cleveland, Cleveland, Oh; Fairview Gen Hosp, Cleveland, Oh; Lutheran Med Ctr, Cleveland, Oh

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Lendita Haxhiu Erhardt, MD
2351 E 22nd St
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Kosova U Pristini, Med Fak, Pristina, Serbia
Graduation Year: 1989

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J Joanne Decker Denko, MD
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1951

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John Joseph Sanitato Jr, MD
(216) 844-3420
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1997

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Karen Bradley, MD
(440) 895-0270
20525 Center Ridge Rd
Rocky River, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dr.Diana Dale
(440) 356-4227
20220 Center Ridge Rd # 336
Rocky River, OH
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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William H Campbell, MD
(216) 844-3450
1127 Euclid Ave Apt 1224
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1982

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Michel Farhad Farivar, MD
2351 E 22nd St
Cleveland, OH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Libre De Bruxelles, Fac De Med Et De Pharm, Bruxelles,
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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