Somatoform Disorder Specialists West Haven CT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in West Haven. 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.

Michael Hobart Ebert, MD
(203) 937-3825
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1966

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Richard Kevin Kull, MD
(203) 812-3629
400 Morgan Ln
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1977

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Paul Shulman Kirwin, MD
(203) 453-2480
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1992

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Leslie K Jacobsen, MD
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1988

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Bruce Bower McConnell, MD
(203) 551-7557
27 Bayview Pl Apt 3
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Addiction Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1971

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Joseph James Erdos, MD
(203) 932-5711
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Case Western Reserve Univ Sch Of Med, Cleveland Oh 44106
Graduation Year: 1984

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Moddy H Kiluvia, MD
(212) 995-6762
842 1st Ave Apt 25
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sudha Sreenivasan, MD
270 Center St
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Llrm Med Coll, Meerut Univ, Meerut, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1977

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Hilary Patricia Blumberg, MD
(203) 785-6180
950 Campbell Ave
West Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1990

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Ralph Edward Hoffman, MD
(203) 688-9734
20 York St # LV108
New Haven, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1976

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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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