Somatoform Disorder Specialists Temple Hills MD

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Temple Hills. 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.

Sanford Louis Billet, MD
(202) 659-9690
5018 Braymer Ave
Suitland, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Shabana Firdous, MD
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Allama Iqbal Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Abayomi I Jaji, MD
(202) 645-5617
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ibadan, Coll Of Med, Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1986

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Phyllida Mary Paterson, MD
89mdos/sgohy 1040 Boston Road
Andrews Air Force Base, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Boston Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02118
Graduation Year: 1986

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Reeba Elizabeth George, MD
(936) 525-2700
2041 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Languages
Hindi, Other
Education
Medical School: Seth G S Med Coll, Univ Of Bombay, Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Graduation Year: 1982
Hospital
Hospital: Cypress Creek Hosp, Houston, Tx
Group Practice: Tri County

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Andrea Nevone Best, MD
(301) 702-5000
5100 Auth Way
Suitland, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1996

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David Manfred Benedek, MD
(202) 782-8037
2700 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Walter Reed Army Med Ctr, Washington, Dc

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Carmen A Ortiz Del Valle, MD
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ De Barcelona, Fac De Med, Barcelona, Spain
Graduation Year: 1973

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Mohammed Hafeez Javaid, MD
(410) 832-2729
2425 25th St SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: King Edward Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1964

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Johanna Lisa Ferman, MD
(202) 333-1140
2041 Martin Luther King Jr Ave SE
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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