Somatoform Disorder Specialists Forest Grove OR

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Forest Grove. 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.

Maureen C Nash, MD
(503) 359-6153
1809 Maple St
Forest Grove, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Richard H Fredrickson, MD
(503) 227-4801
1809 Maple St
Forest Grove, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1979

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Sajani Reddy Sripathi, MD
2373 NW 185th Ave
Hillsboro, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kurnool Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Kurnool, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Lynn Alvarez
(503) 239-5555
3000 Northwest Stucki Place #220
Hillsboro, OR
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Arizona Coll Of Osteo Med, Midwestern Univ, Glendale
Year of Graduation: 2000
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Jennifer Alison Scott, MD
(503) 439-8086
3000 NW Stucki Pl Ste 220
Hillsboro, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 2000

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Scott Chester Armstrong, MD
(503) 359-6966
1809 Maple St
Forest Grove, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1984

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Isabel Casillas Rosales, MD
324 Se 9Th Ave St #F
Hillsboro, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, Los Angeles, Ucla Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90024
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dr.Jennifer Scott
(503) 439-8086
3000 NW Stucki Pl # 220
Hillsboro, OR
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 2000
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Per Sweetman, MD
(503) 645-2762
19400 NW Evergreen Pkwy
Hillsboro, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1975

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David Marine Abbott, MD
(808) 596-8124
730 SE Oak St
Hillsboro, OR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1971

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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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