Somatoform Disorder Specialists Jacksonville AR

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Jacksonville. 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.

Brent Clair Oldham, MD
(501) 225-4312
707 S 1st St
Jacksonville, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1988

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BILLY WAYNE SINISGALLI, DR.
(501) 626-0136
2201 E Kiehl ave
SHERWOOD, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
english
Education
Medical School: Univ Of
Graduation Year: 2008

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Morris F H Levy, MD
2 Edenwood Ln
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Family Practice, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Middlesex Univ Sch Of Med, Waltham Ma
Graduation Year: 1941

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Paula Marie Lynch, MD
(501) 624-7111
1912 Waterside Dr
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1978

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James Mannon Sims, MD
(501) 758-9993
3805 McCain Park Dr Ste 116
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1961

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Steven W Cathey, MD
3500 Spring Hill Drive Street 201
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1993

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Kimra Kay Cook, MD
(501) 753-1616
2500 McCain Blvd
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1985

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Anton Cyril Petrash, MD
(870) 792-7332
4702 W Commercial Dr Ste B
North Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1990

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Linda Adams Neal, MD
(501) 221-1843
8216 Windsor Valley Dr
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1988

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Stacy R McBain, MD
(501) 686-5803
205 E H Ave
N Little Rock, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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