Somatoform Disorder Specialists Middletown RI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Middletown. 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.

Michael Norman Knowlan, MD
(401) 845-0333
90 Cromwell Dr
Portsmouth, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1980

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Michelle Moore Lynch, MD
(401) 846-9137
190 Coggeshall Ave
Newport, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1993

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Walter Armin Brown, MD
(401) 624-1578
108 Driftwood Dr
Tiverton, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1967

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Debra J Solomon, MD
(401) 294-1122
1130 Ten Rod Rd Ste D204
N Kingstown, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1984

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Gregg Michael Etter, MD
448 Hope St
Bristol, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1990

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Cynthia M Shappell, MD
57 Bluegrass Dr
Middletown, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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James J Turanski, MD
41 John St
Newport, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Martin Bauermeister, MD
(401) 295-0370
17 Bay St
North Kingstown, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Fak Der Freien Univ Berlin, Berlin
Graduation Year: 1959

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Lynn C Epstein, MD
(857) 919-1598
411 Poppasquash Rd
Bristol, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Terrie Annette Mailhot, MD
(401) 667-0626
1130 Ten Rod Rd Ste D102
N Kingstown, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1985

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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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