Somatoform Disorder Specialists Warwick RI

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Warwick. 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.

April D Cambre, MD
86 Community Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.Alexander Scagnelli
(401) 821-4100
889 Centerville Road
Warwick, RI
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Cetec, Sch Of Med, Santo Domingo
Year of Graduation: 1982
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.2, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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James Allan Gallo, MD
(401) 732-4500
300 Centerville Rd Ste 101
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1984

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Thomas Joseph Paolino Jr, MD
390 Toll Gate Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1967

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Richard P Whalen, MD
(401) 738-4300
50 Health Ln
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1986

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Charles Denby II, MD
(401) 732-4500
300 Centerville Rd # 101
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Brown Univ Program In Med, Providence Ri 02912
Graduation Year: 1978

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Dr.Laura Fixman
(401) 274-8777
615 Jefferson Blvd # 206
Warwick, RI
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1988
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.8, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Marygene M Santa Teresa, MD
41 Emily Ln
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The East, Ramon Magsaysay Mem Med Ctr, Quezon City
Graduation Year: 1996

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Alexander Scagnelli, MD
889 Centerville Rd
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Cetec, Sch Of Med, Santo Domingo, Dom Rep (Closed 1984)
Graduation Year: 1982

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Susan Lacroix Dimase, MD
(401) 455-0846
60 Creston Way
Warwick, RI
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mt Sinai Sch Of Med Of The City Univ Of Ny, New York Ny 10029
Graduation Year: 1974

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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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