Somatoform Disorder Specialists Mount Sterling KY

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Mount Sterling. 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.

Samuel George Welch, MD
(859) 498-2135
60 Casa Landa Way
Winchester, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1991

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Onix O Perez, MD
(859) 987-0074
101 Golden Leaf Cir
Paris, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1989

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Samuel Welch
300 Foxglove Dr
Mt Sterling, KY
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

David D. Lanier
(859) 744-8562
P. O. Box 612
Winchester, KY
Services
Individual Psychotherapy, Psychological Assessment
Ages Served
Adults (18-64 yrs.)
Adolescents (13-17 yrs.)
Children (3-12 yrs.)
Education Info
Doctoral Program: University of Kentucky
Credentialed Since: 1977-11-10

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Central Kentucky Psychological
(859) 737-5901
114 S Maple St
Winchester, KY

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Daniel Josue Cardona, MD
(859) 987-8824
2017 Main St Ste 4
Paris, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1987

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Myra Recon-Bucevic
(859) 498-2135
300 Foxglove Dr
Mt Sterling, KY
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Ila Patel
(859) 987-8824
2017 Main St
Paris, KY
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Clark Regional Sleep Disorder
(859) 745-6480
1107 W Lexington Ave
Winchester, KY

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Clark Regional Counseling Ctr
(859) 745-0402
131 S Main St
Winchester, KY

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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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