Somatoform Disorder Specialists Reno NV

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Reno. 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.

Philip Andrew Rich, MD
(775) 329-1717
628 N Lake St
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med, Augusta Ga 30912
Graduation Year: 1976

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My T Kha, MD
525 Court St Apt I114
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Charles Sowle Price, MD
(775) 324-5466
313 Flint St
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1994

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Henry K Watanabe, MD
(775) 784-6388
401 W 2nd St,
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tulane Univ Sch Of Med, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1960

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Sara Zuchowski, MD
(775) 784-4919
Mail Stop 354,
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1995

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Dr.Philip Rich
(775) 329-1717
628 Lake Street
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ga Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1976
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Robert Elton Shubinski, MD
(775) 322-6462
628 N Lake St
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Paul Sabatier, Uer Med Toulouse-Rangeuil, Toulouse, France
Graduation Year: 1990

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Richard Henry Rahe, MD
(775) 348-8584
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1961

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David Johnson, MD
Univ Nv Schl Med Dept Psych
Reno, NV
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Fac Of Med (352-04 Pr 1/71)
Graduation Year: 1965

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Dr.Abdollah Assad
628 Lake Street
Reno, NV
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: West Hills/Willow Springs
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.4, out of 5 based on 18, 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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