Somatoform Disorder Specialists Petersburg VA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Petersburg. 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.

Rehan Saleem, MD
(860) 677-8439
510 S Sycamore St
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Pavan K Reddy, MD
(804) 861-9311
510 S Sycamore St Ste F
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Scb Med Coll, Utkal Univ, Cuttak, Orissa, India
Graduation Year: 1992

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Karen Diane Keeffer, MD
Rt 1-W Washington St
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1991

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Kamala Agarwal, MD
(804) 861-0700
510 S Sycamore St Ste F
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: G R Med Coll, Jiwaji Univ, Gwalior, Mp, India
Graduation Year: 1966

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Daniel Paul Sheneman, MD
(804) 524-7090
Rt 1-W Washington St Exte
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1988

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Roger Pryor Baird, MD
Rt 1-W Washington St
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Va Sch Of Med, Charlottesville Va 22908
Graduation Year: 1988

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Charles Monroe Davis, MD
(804) 524-7291
431 Cross St
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1966

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Tara Clare Patterson, MD
(804) 524-7351
PO Box 4030
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1998

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Dennis Petrocelli, MD
(804) 524-4587
39 W Washington St
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1994
Hospital
Hospital: Central State Hosp, Petersburg, Va

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Salman Siddiqui, MD
(804) 861-0700
510 S Sycamore St Ste F
Petersburg, VA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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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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