Somatoform Disorder Specialists Lincoln Park MI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Lincoln Park. 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.

Ellen Rotblatt, MD
(248) 737-5437
31555 W Fourteen Mile Rd
Farmington Hills, MI
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Ellen Rotblatt MD PC
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Luzbella Yerro Imasa, MD
16700 Pennsylvania Rd
Southgate, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1971

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Nihal Saran, MD
(313) 565-0010
24331 Van Born Rd
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: G R Med Coll, Jiwaji Univ, Gwalior, Mp, India
Graduation Year: 1972

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Hon C Chan, DO
(734) 692-8355
12701 Telegraph Rd Ste 206
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1988

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Arthur Lemuel Hughett, MD
(313) 281-2700
20600 Eureka Rd Ste 802
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1956
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Hospital: Henry Ford Wyandotte Hosp, Wyandotte, Mi

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Eric John Kubrak, MD
(734) 287-1703
13101 Allen Rd
Southgate, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1989

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Lauren Denise Parsons, MD
(940) 689-5361
13690 Phelps St
Southgate, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northeastern Oh Univs Coll Of Med, Rootstown Oh 44272
Graduation Year: 1983

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Jay Kenneth Choi, MD
(313) 291-2637
25430 Goddard Rd
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seoul Natl Univ, Coll Of Med, Chongno-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1965

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Raad Elias Jajo, MD
10411 Mortenview Dr
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Baghdad, Coll Of Med, Baghdad, Iraq
Graduation Year: 1978

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Samuel Aaron Klein, MD
(248) 682-2803
20600 Eureka Rd
Taylor, MI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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