Somatoform Disorder Specialists Oak Ridge TN

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Oak Ridge. 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.

James J Lynch, MD
(212) 374-4555
988 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1990

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John Calvin Whitley Jr, MD
(706) 855-6314
200 New York Ave Ste 330
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1964

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Gino Zanolli, MD
(865) 574-1572
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Preventive Medicine, Occupational Medicine, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1954

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Dr.MICHAEL FISHER
665 Emory Valley Rd # B
Oak Ridge, TN
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Rebecca Louise Halperin, MD
(865) 483-5070
109 Baker Ln
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Chicago, Pritzker Sch Of Med, Chicago Il 60637
Graduation Year: 1984

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Mercy Emmanuel Isang, MD
(865) 481-1410
106 New Bedford Ln
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Calabar, Coll Of Med Sci, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1987

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Renu Bhateja, MD
(865) 482-1076
17 Presidential Dr
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dayanand Med Coll, Punjab Univ, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Graduation Year: 1971

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Robert Earl Fuller, MD
800 Oak Ridge Tpke
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1965

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Sudhir Jayalakshmana Reddy, MD
(931) 388-8302
1222 Trotwood Ave Suite 501
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jss Med Coll, Mysore Univ, Mysore, Karnataka, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Ira Eugene Lew, MD
(865) 470-7878
240 W Tyrone Rd
Oak Ridge, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Vanderbilt Univ Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37232
Graduation Year: 1972
Hospital
Hospital: Methodist Med Ctr Of Oak Ridge, Oak Ridge, Tn; Ridgeview Psych Hosp & Ctr, Oak Ridge, Tn

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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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