Somatoform Disorder Specialists Kapaa HI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Kapaa. 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.

Melissa L Sinkus, MD
(808) 274-3883
4186 Lahi Pl
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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J B Michael Sampsell, MD
(808) 274-3190
3-3212 Kuhio Hwy
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1973

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Gary Loomis Blaich, MD
(808) 828-1438
2868 Kalihiwai Rd # F
Kilauea, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1972

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Krishna Kumar, MD
(808) 246-2000
4100 Oni Pl
Kalaheo, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1966

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Jackie L. Guadagnoli
(808) 246-1114
2970 Kele St, Ste 109
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Life Threatening/Terminal Disease, Hypnosis or Hypnotherapy, Behavioral Health Intervention involving Medical Conditions/Disorder, Stress Management or Pain Management
Ages Served
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: New Mexico State University
Credentialed Since: 2000-08-07

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Elinor Eastman Weeks, MD
(808) 245-3219
PO Box 4034
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1963

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Gerald James Mc Kenna, MD
(808) 246-0663
4374 Kukui Grove St
Lihue, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1966

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Gerald James Mc Kenna, MD
(808) 246-0663
2853 Milo Hae Loop
Koloa, HI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Robert A. Horne
(808) 245-6116
5733 Koali Street
Kapaa, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment, Family Psychotherapy
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Alliant International University - Los Angeles
Credentialed Since: 1981-01-02

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Dianne M. Gerard
(808) 246-4501
4371 Puaole St, Suite B
Lihue, HI
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Family Psychotherapy, Problem Related to Abuse or Neglect (e.g., domestic violence, child abuse), Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Older adults (65 yrs. or older)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: Michigan State University
Credentialed Since: 1988-03-14

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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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