Somatoform Disorder Specialists Rogersville TN

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Rogersville. 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.

Alan Wade Alexander, MD
East Main Street
Rogersville, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1995

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Michael Alan Harris, MD
(423) 926-7101
1104 Tusculum Blvd
Greeneville, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry, Aerospace Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1962
Hospital
Hospital: Woodridge Hospital, Johnson City, Tn
Group Practice: Woodridge Hospital

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James P Rodgers, MD
803 E Church St
Greeneville, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1986

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Donald Henson
401 Holston Dr
Greeneville, TN
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Bean Station Medical Center
(865) 993-4300
1285 Highway 11W
Bean Station, TN
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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John Carlysle Neale, MD
Back Valley Road
Sneedville, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 1962

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Timothy J Sullivan Jr, MD
(423) 639-3213
122 Village Dr
Greeneville, TN
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Central Del Este (Uce), Esc De Med, San Pedro De MacOris
Graduation Year: 1983

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Charles Gaines
101 Lena Dr
Rogersville, TN
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Personal Management Consultants
(423) 638-8071
907 Tusculum Blvd
Greeneville, TN
Industry
Psychologist

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David W Havens, MD
(615) 822-7889
109 Hazel Path
Hendersonville, TN
Business
Cedarwood Centers
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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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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