Somatoform Disorder Specialists Des Moines IA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Des Moines. 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.

Margaret Kang Shin, MD
(515) 282-2200
18th And Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Languages
Korean
Education
Medical School: Korea Univ Coll Of Med, Chong-No-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1963
Hospital
Hospital: Broadlawns Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Broadlawns Medical Ctr

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James L Gallagher, MD
(515) 222-1175
1000 73rd St Ste 5
Windsor Hts, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James Joel Pullen, MD
(515) 282-5710
1801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1974
Hospital
Hospital: Broadlawns Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia

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Manmohan Singh, MD
(515) 282-5747
1801 Hickman Rd
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med Sci, Banaras Hindu Univ, Varanasi, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Broadlawns Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Metropolitan Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia

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Dr.Michael Taylor
(515) 243-5181
1301 Center Street
Des Moines, IA
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
2.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Wesley D Richardson, DO
(515) 490-0749
PO Box 4566
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Sch Of Osteo Med, Lewisburg Wv 24901
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kelli Charnell Green, MD
(865) 545-4592
639 40th St
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Family Medicine
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1986

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Loren Alva Olson, MD
(515) 279-6200
550 39th St Ste 304
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Medical Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1968
Hospital
Hospital: Lucas County Health Center, Chariton, Ia; Madison County Mem Hosp, Winterset, Ia; Mercy Med Ctr, Des Moines, Ia; Iowa Lutheran Hosp, Des Moines, Ia
Group Practice: Mercy Psychiatric Svc Of Iowa

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Randolph Page Johnston, MD
(202) 966-8783
3812 Ingersoll Ave
Des Moines, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1964

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Deanna Book Boesen, MD
(515) 225-6044
1000 73rd St Ste 15
Windsor Heights, IA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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