Somatoform Disorder Specialists Wilton CT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Wilton. 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.

Robert I Seaver MD
(914) 241-8979
83 S Bedford Rd
Mount Kisco, NY
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Francis Joseph Hamilton, MD
(203) 834-0653
432 Belden Hill Rd
Wilton, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1966

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Carolyn Standish Spiro, MD
(203) 762-3881
48 Wilton Crst
Wilton, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Harvard Med Sch, Boston Ma 02115
Graduation Year: 1979

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Arnold J Benton, MD
(203) 226-4941
67 Fanton Hill Rd
Weston, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Bart Allan Sloan, MD
(203) 655-1559
66 White Birch Rd
Weston, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny At Stony Brook Hlth Sci Ctr, Stony Brook Ny 11794
Graduation Year: 1987

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Rama P Coomaraswamy, MD
(203) 834-1483
640 Nod Hill Rd
Wilton, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1959

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Harold S R Byrdy, MD
(203) 762-9831
26 Serendipity Ln
Wilton, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Irene Roda Kitzman, MD
(203) 762-5667
387 Danbury Rd Ste 2
Wilton, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: A Einstein Coll Of Med Of Yeshiva Univ, Bronx Ny 10461
Graduation Year: 1980

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Joel Stuart Albert, MD
(203) 226-0228
PO Box 1177
Weston, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: New York Univ Sch Of Med, New York Ny 10016
Graduation Year: 1968

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Jacques Pierre B Germain, MD
(203) 227-1251
52 Steep Hill Rd
Weston, CT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Guadalajara, Fac De Med, Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
Graduation Year: 1972

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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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