Somatoform Disorder Specialists Poughkeepsie NY

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Poughkeepsie. 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.

Roland F Muller, MD
(845) 266-4606
50 N Hamilton St
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ D'Etat D'Haiti, Esc De Med Et De Pharmacie, Port-Au-Prince, Haiti
Graduation Year: 1957

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Prema Agrawal, MD
(845) 454-7880
9 Livingston St Ste 4N
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Kgs Med Coll, Univ Of Lucknow, Lucknow, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1958

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Ireneo Manahan Espiritu, MD
(845) 452-8000
373 North Rd Ste B
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Far Eastern Univ, Dr N Reyes Med Fndn Inst Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1977

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Saw Shwe Dah, MD
9 Mansion St
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med I, Yangon, Myanmar
Graduation Year: 1966

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Steve Charles Wasik, MD
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll, Valhalla Ny 10595
Graduation Year: 2003

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Leon Abraham Krakower, MD
(845) 471-0780
21 Abes Way
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Family Practice, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Libre De Bruxelles, Fac De Med Et De Pharm, Bruxelles,
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Hospital, Poughkeepsie, Ny

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Snehal Ras Sheth, MD
(845) 431-8762
241 North Rd
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1989

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Navin C Shah, MD
(845) 473-2122
68 W Cedar St
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Baroda Univ, Baroda, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1967

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Sahver Ozbek, MD
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Istanbul Univ, Istanbul Tip Fak, Istanbul, Turkey
Graduation Year: 1952

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Sei Young Choi, MD
(636) 946-3886
50 N Hamilton St
Poughkeepsie, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Korea Univ Coll Of Med, Chong-No-Ku, Seoul, So Korea
Graduation Year: 1963

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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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