Somatoform Disorder Specialists Spanish Fork UT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Spanish Fork. 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.

Jeffrey Allen Wirthlin, MD
(801) 357-7380
1874 River Bottom Rd
Springville, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1999

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Philip Washburn, MD
(801) 423-3267
PO Box 786
Salem, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1959

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Thomas Coleman Hardy, MD
(801) 272-0227
750 N Freedom Blvd Ste 300
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1958

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Sachin M Rajhans, MD
1300 E Center St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1993

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Cynthia Louise Vitko, MD
(801) 344-4338
1300 E Center St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dartmouth Med, Hanover Nh 03755
Graduation Year: 1994

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Gina Rae Stubbs, MD
(301) 295-0500
656 N 1600 E
Mapleton, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1988

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Sam Joel Coates, MD
220 E Alpine Dr
Payson, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1987

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Rebecca G Dalisay, MD
1300 E Center St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cebu Inst Of Med, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1966

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Wayne Frederick Brown, MD
(801) 344-4443
1300 E Center St
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1982

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Michael W Harris, DO
(801) 377-3933
PO Box 51405
Provo, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1988

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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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