Somatoform Disorder Specialists Houma LA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Houma. 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.

Robert Scott Smith, MD
(985) 857-3615
PO Box 3648
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1969

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Wajahat A Mirza, MD
225 Dunn St
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1987

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Victor Doval Gonzalez, MD
(504) 868-1621
855 Belanger St Ste 202
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1982

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Gregg Spaulding Hunter, MD
(601) 364-3090
846 Verret St
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1991

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Hien Quang Tran, MD
(504) 857-3615
100 Gros St
Schriever, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med & Pharm Univ, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam (942-01 Eff 1/83)
Graduation Year: 1969

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Marshall Duvall Fitz, MD
PO Box 3160
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1967

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Griselda R Gutnisky, MD
(985) 580-1118
5 Security Blvd
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Cordoba, Fac De Cien Med, Cordoba, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1972

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Michelle Renee Simon, MD
(985) 223-3644
221 Tiger Tail Rd
Houma, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dennis Michael Spiers, MD
(985) 851-0646
PO Box 877
Bourg, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1969

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Maria Mae Braud, MD
(985) 447-1216
970 S Acadia Rd Ste C
Thibodaux, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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