Somatoform Disorder Specialists East Wenatchee WA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in East Wenatchee. 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.

Lokanadha B Nimmagadda, MD
(509) 662-4296
504 Orondo Ave
Wenatchee, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rangaraya Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Kakinada, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1975

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James William Ethier, MD
(509) 682-8506
503 Highland Dr
Wenatchee, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dalhousie Univ, Fac Of Med, Halifax, Ns, Canada
Graduation Year: 1980

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Thomas V Hoyer, MD
PO Box 116
Cashmere, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Grzegorz Longawa
(509) 662-7105
701 N Miller St
Wenatchee, WA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Thomas Konicke
4145 W Eaglerock Dr
Wenatchee, WA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Julie A Janssen, MD
(509) 663-2898
Morris Bldg #122 23 S Wenatchee Ave
Wenatchee, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Languages
American Sign
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Central Washington Hosp, Wenatchee, Wa

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Jennie Louise Hinton, MD
(253) 565-9040
1300 Fuller St
Wenatchee, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1976

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Donna Shaw
2353 Grand Ave
E Wenatchee, WA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Pietro Poletti
701 N Miller St
Wenatchee, WA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

ABIHM
(509) 886-3708
614 Daniels Drive, Northeast
East Wenatchee, WA
Services
Wellness Training, Stress Management, Spiritual Attunement, Psychotherapy, Preventive Medicine, Psychosomatic Medicine, Nutrition, Family Practice, Biofeedback
Membership Organizations
American Holistic Medical Association

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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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