Somatoform Disorder Specialists Parkersburg WV

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Parkersburg. 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.

Robert Eugene Sams, MD
(304) 485-5185
1110 Ann St
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1965
Hospital
Hospital: St Josephs Hospital, Parkersburg, Wv
Group Practice: Worthington Center Inc

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John Fredric Kelley, MD
(304) 422-7300
10 Willowbrook Acres
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1958

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Charles W Snyder, MD
(304) 485-5185
3199 Core Rd
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Tech De Santiago (Utesa), Esc De Med, Santiago
Graduation Year: 1986

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Mario Rafael Schwabe, MD
(304) 485-1926
3199 Gore Road Suit A
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1966

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Joseph Peter Norris, MD
(304) 485-5185
3194 Core Rd
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1956

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Tony L Byler, MD
(304) 422-7300
936 Market St
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pittsburgh Sch Of Med, Pittsburgh Pa 15261
Graduation Year: 1988

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Daniel J Fitzgerald III, MD
(617) 353-0283
19th and Murdoch Ave
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.David Walker
(304) 485-0082
3194 Melinda Street #1
Parkersburg, WV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1972
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.5, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Lance Morgan Mc Coy, MD
(304) 428-1114
2801 Dudley Ave # B
Parkersburg, WV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1989

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Dr.Shibu Kuncheriah
(304) 422-7300
936 Market Street
Parkersburg, WV
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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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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