Somatoform Disorder Specialists Farmville VA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Farmville. 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.

Salim A Dahlvani, MD
5001 E Patrick Henry
Burkeville, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1980

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Hugo Derlis Gaona Falcon, MD
(434) 767-4457
Burkeville, VA
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Asuncion, Fac De Cien Med, Asuncion, Paraguay
Graduation Year: 1959
Hospital
Hospital: Piedmont Geriatric Hospital, Burkeville, Va
Group Practice: Peidmont Geriatric Hospital

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Hugo Falcon
Routes 360 & 460
Burkeville, VA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Piedmont Psychological Services
(434) 315-8813
200 Milnwood Rd
Farmville, VA
Industry
Psychologist

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Lizann Schloff, MD
(703) 356-8600
7659 Leesburg Pike
Falls Church, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1994

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Hugo G Falcon, MD
(804) 767-4541
5001 E Patrick Henry Hwy
Burkeville, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Steven Eisenstein
108 Carson Mills Dr
Farmville, VA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Jennifer M. Apperson
(434) 395-2323
Longwood University
Farmville, VA
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Adjustment Disorder (e.g., bereavement, acad, job, mar, or fam prob), Mood Disorder (e.g., depression, manic-depressive disorder), Anxiety Disorder (e.g., generalized anxiety, phobia, panic or obsessive-compulsive disorder), Gender Issues (MenÆs/WomenÆs Issues)
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Akron
Credentialed Since: 1990-11-01

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Robert Sheldon Jones, MD
(434) 924-2000
PO Box 800709
Charlottesville, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1969

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Samia Sabeen, MD
(434) 924-5408
1316 Pin Oak Ct
Charlottesvle, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Chittagong Med Coll, Univ Of Chittagong, Bangladesh (704-10 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1991

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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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