Somatoform Disorder Specialists Topeka KS

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Topeka. 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.

Lev Jofis, MD
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Latvian Med Academy, Riga, Latvia (Fn: 594-01)
Graduation Year: 1982

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Harvey L Schloesser, MD
(785) 235-3184
900 SW 31st St Apt 204
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Gilbert Roland Parks, MD
(913) 233-1785
PO Box 1321
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1973

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Harold M Voth, MD
(785) 354-0545
901 SW Garfield Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Douglas Dean Sheafor, MD
(785) 233-7138
3500 Sw 6thst
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1960

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Roy W Menninger, MD
(785) 272-5566
85 SW Pepper Tree Ln
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1951

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David Montano, MD
123 NW Greenwood Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nacl Auto De Mexico, Fac De Med, Mexico Df, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1964

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Leonel A Urdaneta F, MD
(785) 234-4743
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loyola Univ Of Chicago Stritch Sch Of Med, Maywood Il 60153
Graduation Year: 1969

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Ken-Ichiro Okano, MD
(785) 271-5472
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tokyo Med Univ, Shinjuku-Ku, Tokyo, Japan
Graduation Year: 1982

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Lucile Mahieu Ware, MD
(785) 354-7528
1925 SW Wayne Ave
Topeka, KS
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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