Somatoform Disorder Specialists Oldsmar FL

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Oldsmar. 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.

EMILY LAZAROU, MD
(813) 374-0171
3030 N ROCKY POINT DRIVE, WEST
TAMPA, FL
Business
LA COOP, PA
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology, FORENSIC GENERAL ADULT
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: NONE
Medicare Accepted: No
Workmens Comp Accepted: No
Accepts Uninsured Patients: Yes
Emergency Care: No

Doctor Information
Residency Training: UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA
Medical School: UT SAN ANTONIO HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER, 2002
Additional Information
Member Organizations: AMA FMA HCMA
Languages Spoken: English

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Karl D Jones MD
(727) 525-1134
5800 49th St N
Saint Petersburg, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Michel Jean Gimeno, MD
(727) 799-3350
2547 Countryside Blvd Ste 2
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ De Valencia, Fac De Med, Valencia, Spain
Graduation Year: 1976

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Naakesh Amrit Dewan, MD
(727) 723-0779
2519 N McMullen Booth Rd Ste 510-255
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: University Hospital, Cincinnati, Oh
Group Practice: Psych Professional Srvcs Inc Univ Hosp & Psych Emerg Svcs

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Ali Keskiner, MD
(727) 793-9166
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Istanbul Univ, Istanbul Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1955
Hospital
Hospital: V A Med Ctr, Bay Pines, Fl

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Luis A Herrero MD
(727) 587-9009
4 Southwind Dr
Belleair Bluffs, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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M Oliviery Lorenzo, MD
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (Uce), Esc De Med, San Pedro De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1985

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Peter J Spoto, MD
(727) 446-1220
3141 N McMullen Booth Rd Apt 316
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1951

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Gayani Leonard, MD
3135 Sr 580
Safety Harbor, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1991

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Ali Keskiner, MD
(727) 793-9166
2979 Heather Trl
Clearwater, FL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Istanbul Univ, Istanbul Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1955

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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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