Somatoform Disorder Specialists Pleasantville NJ

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Pleasantville. 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.

Manuel A Melendez, MD
(609) 348-1161
13 N Hartford Ave
Atlantic City, NJ
Business
AtlantiCare Behavioral Health
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Paul Saraduke, MD
(609) 653-8700
5117 Spruce Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Temple Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19140
Graduation Year: 1957

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Inua A Momodu, MD
(609) 272-0909
2500 English Creek Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ibadan, Coll Of Med, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Gary Michael Glass, MD
(609) 407-5387
3137 Fire Rd Ste A
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1974

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Robin Renee May, MD
333 E Jimmie Leeds Rd
Absecon, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1999

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Clarence Ricardo Verdell, MD
6010 Black Horse Pike
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Hahnemann Univ Sch Of Med, Philadelphia Pa 19102
Graduation Year: 1986

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Vitaly Gregory Steinberg, MD
1155 Ocean Heights Ave
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Donetsk Med Inst, Doneck, Ukraine
Graduation Year: 1991

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Srisai Gowda, MD
(609) 927-1030
228 Granville Cir
Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kempegowda Inst Of Med Sci, Bangalore Univ, Bangalore, Karnataka
Graduation Year: 1991

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Alexander Lieberman, MD
(323) 560-6733
76 W Jimmie Leeds Rd
Absecon, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1962

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Maria Lujan, MD
(609) 404-3439
600 E Lake Front Cir
Galloway, NJ
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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