Somatoform Disorder Specialists East Greenwich RI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in East Greenwich. 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.

Andrea Jean Mernan, MD
(401) 461-8960
530 Main St
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1997

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David Joseph Kass, MD
258 Spencer Ave
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Zurich, Med Fak, Zurich, Switzerland
Graduation Year: 1964

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Jodi L Stephenson, MD
(401) 455-6373
15 Melrose St
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Rafael Arbues Torres, MD
(401) 456-3000
95 Fernwood Dr
East Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1992

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Patricia Cocozza Ricci, MD
(401) 884-1110
1285A S County Trl
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1983

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Teri Beth Pearlstein, MD
(401) 453-7955
60 Pheasant Dr
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1982

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Ronald Marvin Wintrob, MD
(401) 455-6200
25 Water St Apt 306
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Toronto, Fac Of Med, Toronto, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1959

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Renu Omprakash Kothari, MD
(401) 784-3600
130 Juniper Dr
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: S M S Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Srecko Pogacar, MD
(401) 884-2539
4474 Post Rd
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neuropathology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Edvarda Kardelja V Ljubljani, Med Fak, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Graduation Year: 1953
Hospital
Hospital: Kent County Memorial Hospital, Warwick, Ri
Group Practice: Pogacar Clinic

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Edward S Tauber, MD
1A Eagle Run
E Greenwich, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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