Somatoform Disorder Specialists Yakima WA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Yakima. 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.

Frederick A Montgomery, MD
(509) 575-7666
215 S 11th Ave Ste D
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1965

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Scot Robert Mac Lean, MD
(509) 463-1344
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Pa, Philadelphia Pa 19129
Graduation Year: 1997

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Jamie Elizabeth Simmons, MD
(509) 575-8307
2811 Tieton Dr
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1998
Hospital
Hospital: Providence Yakima Med Ctr, Yakima, Wa; Yakima Valley Mem Hosp, Yakima, Wa
Group Practice: Psychiatric Health Care

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George L Petzinger, MD
(509) 463-1344
918 East Mead Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: St Louis Univ Sch Of Med, St Louis Mo 63104
Graduation Year: 1995

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Gregory Dean Sawyer, MD
(509) 575-8302
2811 Tieton Dr
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Southern Ca Sch Of Med, Los Angeles Ca 90033
Graduation Year: 1980
Hospital
Hospital: Yakima Valley Mem Hosp, Yakima, Wa
Group Practice: Memorial Hosp Psychiatric

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Howard Francis Harrison, MD
2811 Tieton Dr
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Or Hlth Sci Univ Sch Of Med, Portland Or 97201
Graduation Year: 1973

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Mahendra Kumar Mahajan, MD
(509) 452-4946
1806 W Lincoln Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Hindi
Education
Medical School: Inst Of Med Sci, Banaras Hindu Univ, Varanasi, Up, India
Graduation Year: 1971
Hospital
Hospital: Upper Valley Med Ctr, Troy, Oh; Good Samaritan Hospital & Heal, Dayton, Oh
Group Practice: M K Mahajan & Assoc

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John Martin Drlik, MD
(510) 656-6553
402 S 4th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1971

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Norman Irwin Moss, MD
215 S 11th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1961

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William Wallace Estabrook III, MD
(509) 573-3629
402 S 4th Ave
Yakima, WA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
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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