Somatoform Disorder Specialists Goose Creek SC

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Goose Creek. 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.

Elbert Ray Hodges Jr, MD
(843) 792-3420
1B Springhall Dr
Goose Creek, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1986

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Beng Choon Ho, MD
(319) 356-4720
105 Springhall Dr
Goose Creek, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nat'L Univ Of Singapore, Fac Of Med, Singapore
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Peter Naylor
(843) 572-9800
9229 University Blvd # F2b
Charleston, SC
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1991
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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Peter Jay Sukin, MD
(843) 377-1600
9326 Medical Plaza Dr Ste A
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Pa State Univ Coll Of Med, Hershey Pa 17033
Graduation Year: 1979

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Herbert Gorod, MD
(843) 724-6590
4925 Lacross Rd Ste 308
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1971

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Edward Newman Davis, MD
(843) 743-7488
9 E Keklico Ct
Goose Creek, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1959

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Warachal Eileen Faison, MD
(843) 740-1592
5900 Core Ave Ste 203
North Charleston, SC
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1996

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Peter Wm Naylor, MD
(843) 572-9800
9229F University Blvd Ste 2B
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Caribe Sch Of Med, Bayamon Pr 00621
Graduation Year: 1991

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Lauren R Ramshur, MD
7985 Shadow Oak Dr
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sharon Kelley Moore, MD
(843) 819-6246
7974 Shadow Oak Dr
Charleston, SC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1993

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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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