Somatoform Disorder Specialists Milwaukee WI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Milwaukee. 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.

Mohammad S A Mallick, MD
(414) 226-4040
950 N 35th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1982

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Vani Ray, MD
(414) 219-5000
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Sri Venkatesvara Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Tirupati, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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Lance Peter Longo, MD
(414) 482-7700
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1990
Hospital
Hospital: St Lukes Med Ctr, Milwaukee, Wi

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Manuel Posadas Ramos, MD
(414) 257-7431
2435 W Wisconsin Ave Apt 204
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1971

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Phillip Lawrence Stein, MD
(414) 219-4606
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1958

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Jeffrey Robert Zigun, MD
(414) 445-2020
5325 W Burleigh St # 200
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Community Mem Hosp, Menomonee Fls, Wi; St Josephs Hospital, Milwaukee, Wi; Froedtert Mem Lutheran Hosp, Milwaukee, Wi
Group Practice: Comprehensive Neuropsych Svcs

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Carol J Mullen, DO
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1992

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Muhammad Mian, MD
1834 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nishtar Med Coll, Bahuddin Zakaria Univ, Multan, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1984

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Gregory Reinhold Winter, MD
(509) 434-7260
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1985

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Norton Lewis Zarem, MD
(414) 272-2523
1020 N 12th St
Milwaukee, WI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1961

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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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