Somatoform Disorder Specialists Martinsburg WV

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Martinsburg. 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.

Joseph Jurand, MD
(304) 263-7023
99 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
Business
Shenandoah Valley Behavioral Health Services
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Swaruparani V Gullapalli, MD
(304) 263-7023
2000 Foundation Way
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Gauhati Med Coll, Gauhati Univ, Gauhati, Assam, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Dr.Joseph Jurand
(304) 263-4999
99 Tavern Road
Martinsburg, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1975
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Shamima Sultana Khan, MD
(304) 264-1442
2000 Foundation Way Ste 3500
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dhaka Med Coll, Dhaka Univ, Bangladesh (704-03 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1989

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Joseph Anthony Jurand, MD
(304) 263-4999
99 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1975

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Edward L Pinney, MD
(787) 889-1301
235 S Water St
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1949
Hospital
Hospital: City Hosp, Martinsburg, Wv

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Sarfraz Saeed khan, MD
(304) 264-1442
2000 Foundation Way Ste 3500
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rawalpindi Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1992

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Gianluca La Monaca, MD
(304) 263-7023
99 Tavern Rd
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Cattol De Sacro Cuore, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Roma, Italy
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Matson Ellis Jr, MD
(781) 329-1400
Dry Run Road
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1985

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Raymond Marc Shapiro, MD
(304) 263-8954
235 S Water St
Martinsburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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