Somatoform Disorder Specialists Festus MO

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Festus. 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.

Jean A Smith Wooley, MD
(573) 302-4414
1155 E Gannon Dr
Festus, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1991

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Robert Raymond Knowles, MD
(314) 725-0667
3004 Flucom Rd
de Soto, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Sydney, Fac Of Med, Sydney, Nsw, Australia
Graduation Year: 1947

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Mario L Carrera, MD
5308 Southview Hills Ct
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Ecuador, Esc De Med, Fac De Cien Med, Quito, Ecuador
Graduation Year: 1968

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Ronald Lee Beach, MD
(314) 523-4730
6210 Deer Hollow Ct
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1974

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Carol A. Westmoreland
(636) 282-9977
24 Kroeck Rd.
Arnold, MO
Services
PostTraumatic Stress Disorder or Acute Trauma Reaction, Individual Psychotherapy, Crisis Intervention or Disaster Intervention, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Couples Psychotherapy
Ages Served
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Forest Institute of Professional Psychology
Credentialed Since: 1999-06-24

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Bun Tee Co Jr, MD
(314) 664-7246
PO Box 217
Herculaneum, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1968

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George A Ulett, MD
(314) 846-8623
500 Susan Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Pearl C Ulett, MD
(314) 367-8101
500 Susan Rd
Saint Louis, MO
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jean Smith-Wooley
(636) 931-7710
1155 E Gannon Dr
Festus, MO
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Westmoreland Carol
(636) 282-9977
24 Kroeck Dr
Arnold, MO

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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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