Somatoform Disorder Specialists Vernon Rockville CT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Vernon Rockville. 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.

Erum Shahab, MD
80 Pinnacle Rd
Ellington, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
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Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Nancy W Deackoff, MD
(860) 297-0823
1124 Sullivan Ave
South Windsor, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1990

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Joosub Essack, MD
(860) 646-6973
13 Middle Tpke E
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Royal Coll Of Surgeons In Ireland, Med Sch, Dublin, Ireland
Graduation Year: 1968

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Anees Ahmed, MD
(203) 646-4233
357 E Center St
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rnt Med Coll, Univ Of Rajasthan, Udaipur, Rajasthan, India
Graduation Year: 1970

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Peter Thomas Strong, MD
(860) 525-2181
58 Windshire Dr
South Windsor, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1976

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Noemi Mezei, MD
(860) 647-9648
29 Haynes St
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Semmelweis Orvostudomanyi Egyetem (Peter Pazmany Univ), Budapest
Graduation Year: 1962

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Hira C Jain, MD
(860) 646-2345
153 S Main St # 9
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mgm Med Coll, Devi Ahilya Vishwavidhyalaya, Indore, Mp, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Dr.PAUL PFEFFER
(860) 647-9648
521 Middle Tpke E # 2
Manchester, CT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ
Year of Graduation: 1963
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Alan Schmerler, MD
860-646-1222 x3670
21 Haynes St
Manchester, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1970

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Lori Calabrese, MD
(860) 648-9755
1330 Sullivan Ave
South Windsor, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Languages
Italian
Education
Medical School: Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21205
Graduation Year: 1989
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Hospital: Manchester Mem Hosp, Manchester, Ct
Group Practice: John Hopkins Univ School-Med

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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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