Somatoform Disorder Specialists New Castle DE

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in New Castle. 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.

Jimmy Chen, MD
1901 N Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Zhejiiang Med Univ, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Graduation Year: 1984

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Art Pogre, MD
1901 N Du Pont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Donetsk Med Inst, Doneck, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1984

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Larry Durlofsky, DO
575 S Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1984

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Kirti Ramnivas, MD
(302) 577-4317
1901 N Du Pont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Osmania Med Coll, Univ Hlth Sci, Vijayawada, Hyderabad, Ap, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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John Austin De Frate, MD
575 S Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1981

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Hermes C Tengonciang, MD
(302) 255-2967
1901 N Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.Karen Kovacic
(302) 255-2700
1901 North Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE
Gender
F
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Patricia Lifrak
(302) 325-6515
287 Christiana Rd # 8
New Castle, DE
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ De Buenos Aires, Fac De Med, Buenos Aires
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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3.3, out of 5 based on 8, reviews.

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Dr.Caroline Ekong
(302) 328-3330
575 South Dupont Highway
New Castle, DE
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ibadan, Coll Of Med, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Meadowwood Hospital
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Ernesto N Cuba, MD
(302) 737-3011
1901 N Dupont Hwy
New Castle, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1957

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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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