Somatoform Disorder Specialists Excelsior Springs MO

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Excelsior Springs. 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.

Carroll Dean Patterson, MD
(816) 792-3220
115 Blue Jay Dr Ste 202
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1965

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Saml Theodore Hucke, MD
(816) 781-5995
1120 Wellington Way
Liberty, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kasturba Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mangalore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1983

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Wayne Ross Edwards, MD
17203 E 23rd St S
Independence, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr.Michael Navato
(816) 795-1968
3445 S State Route 291
Independence, MO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Emmeline P Quiason, MD
(816) 373-1911
17221 E 23rd St S
Independence, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1969

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Dr.Carroll Patterson
(816) 792-3220
115 Blue Jay Dr # 202
Liberty, MO
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1965
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Grant Alan Piepergerdes, MD
(816) 468-0400
3100 NE 83rd St Ste 1001
Kansas City, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1993

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Deborah Belinda Krause, DO
Independence, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 2003

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William Edward Rinck, MD
(816) 836-1921
104 W Elizabeth St
Independence, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kath Univ Leuven, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Leuven, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1965

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Arturo Geotina Quiason, MD
(816) 373-1911
17221 E 23rd St S
Independence, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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