Somatoform Disorder Specialists Van Buren AR

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Van Buren. 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.

Ledro Rogers Justice, MD
(479) 314-1650
2023 Parkridge Dr
Van Buren, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1969

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Max Alden Baker, MD
(501) 484-9090
9000 Rogers Ave Ste C
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63110
Graduation Year: 1966
Hospital
Hospital: St Edward Mercy Med Ctr, Fort Smith, Ar; Harbor View Mercy Hosp, Barling, Ar
Group Practice: Center For Psychiatry

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Donald Seldon Chambers, MD
(479) 479-9800
1401 S Waldron Rd Ste 200
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1961

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Brian D Jones, MD
2901 S 74th St
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1995

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Claire Ruth Rogers, MD
(603) 431-3330
3000 Rogers Ave
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dr.Max A. Baker
(479) 484-9090
9000 Rogers Ave # C
Fort Smith, AR
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Washington Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1966
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: St Edward Mercy Med Ctr, Fort Smith, Ar
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.2, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Charles Spurgeon Lane III, MD
(479) 783-6433
2115 Wolfe Ln
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1978

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Lynwood Heaver, MD
8420 Phoenix Ave
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Pearl Carpenter Beguesse, MD
Fort Smith, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dragica Lekic, MD
10301 Mayo Dr
Barling, AR
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Belgrade, Med Fak, Beograd, Serbia
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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