Somatoform Disorder Specialists Norwich CT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Norwich. 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.

Mahmoud Sarwat Okasha, MD
(860) 886-1508
200 W Town St
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo, Egypt (330-02 Prior 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1968

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Gene Ira Maran, MD
(860) 887-9070
119 Lafayette St
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ct Sch Of Med, Farmington Ct 06032
Graduation Year: 1980

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Walid Jaziri, MD
(860) 889-3052
108 New London Tpke
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De L'Etat A Liege, Fac De Med, Liege, Belgium
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Lawrence & Mem Hosp, New London, Ct
Group Practice: Norwich Psychiatric Ctr

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Robert Anthony Zepf, MD
(203) 761-0833
41 W Thames St
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1993

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Alnoor Ramji, MD
(860) 886-8122
72 New London Tpke
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nairobi, Coll Of Hlth Sci, Nairobi, Kenya
Graduation Year: 1977

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Uzma Zaidi, MD
(405) 321-4880
330 Washington St
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1994

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Yunus Yusuf Pothiawala, MD
(860) 859-4565
49 Weber Farm Rd
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Grant Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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Christiaan D Vandervelde, MD
(860) 889-2634
66 Reynolds Rd
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Van Amsterdam, Fac Der Geneeskunde, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Graduation Year: 1957

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Barclay Gordon Caras, MD
(860) 440-3058
331 Main St
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1985

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Safaa Shafik Hakim, MD
(860) 886-9114
15 Abel Xing
Norwich, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Ain Shams Univ, Fac Of Med, Abbasia, Cairo, Egypt (330-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1977

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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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