Somatoform Disorder Specialists Washington DC

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Washington. 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.

Sue Bailey, DO
The Pentagon R,
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1977

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Anthony B D'Souza, MD
(815) 282-9606
1330 10th St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rg Kar Med Coll, Univ Of Calcutta, Calcutta, West Bengal, India
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Rockford Mem Hosp, Rockford, Il
Group Practice: Freeport Health Network

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Laura Tuttle, MD
(703) 207-2803
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1996

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Kelley L Phillips, MD
928 5th St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1974

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Lawrence Perry Green, MD
2150 Pennsylvania Avenue North West Acc 9th,
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1958

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Robert Mark Kolodner, MD
(202) 273-8663
810 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1974

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John Lesesne Syphax, MD
(240) 462-6953
907 M St NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1965

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Alyce Chenault Gullattee, MD
2024 Georgia Ave NW Ste 5B
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1964

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Bruce Michael Cambosos, MD
605 G St NW Fl 5
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1969

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Laurent Slater Lehmann, MD
(202) 273-8434
810 Vermont Ave NW
Washington, DC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1970

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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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