Somatoform Disorder Specialists West Jordan UT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in West Jordan. 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.

Fred Ralph West Jr, MD
(202) 832-9425
3354 W 7800 S
West Jordan, UT
Specialties
General Practice, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Howard Univ Coll Of Med, Washington Dc 20059
Graduation Year: 1963

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Deborah Lee Mennenga, MD
(801) 265-3000
5770 S 1500 W
Salt Lake City, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1992
Hospital
Hospital: Primary Childrens Med Center, Salt Lake Cty, Ut
Group Practice: Primary Childrens

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Trent C Holmberg, MD
(801) 265-3109
5770 S 1500 W Bldg G
Salt Lake Cty, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1998

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Steven Vincent Teynor, MD
(801) 501-4350
1225 Fort Union Blvd Ste 215
Midvale, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1989
Hospital
Hospital: L D S Hospital, Salt Lake Cty, Ut
Group Practice: Ihc Behavioral Health

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Ralph William Knapp, MD
(801) 566-4423
7434 S State St
Midvale, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1972

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George John Nikopoulos, MD
(801) 265-3049
5770 S 1500 W Bldg C
Salt Lake Cty, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1988

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Mark Gerard Schwei, MD
(801) 265-3000
5770 S 1500 W Ste G
Salt Lake Cty, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Diego, Sch Of Med, La Jolla Ca 92093
Graduation Year: 1982

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Dr.Steven Teynor
(801) 501-4350
1225 East Fort Union Boulevard
Midvale, UT
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis
Year of Graduation: 1989
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: L D S Hospital, Salt Lake Cty, Ut
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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4.2, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Angelique D Goodhue, MD
(801) 566-4423
7434 S State St
Midvale, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1995
Hospital
Hospital: Univ Of Utah Hosp And Clinics, Salt Lake Cty, Ut

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Gerald Martin Lazar, MD
(801) 265-3103
7309 S 180 W
Midvale, UT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Albany Med Coll, Albany Ny 12208
Graduation Year: 1969

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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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