Somatoform Disorder Specialists Zachary LA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Zachary. 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.

Jose Francisco Artecona, MD
(504) 485-0749
PO Box 1056
Jackson, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Pr Sch Of Med, San Juan Pr 00936
Graduation Year: 1999

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Charles A Feigley, MD
(504) 928-2662
8618 Florida Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jenaro Gutierrez Novoa, MD
(225) 925-1906
4615 Government St
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Inst Sup De Cien Med De La Habana, La Habana, Cuba
Graduation Year: 1957

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Marcelita Bermudez, MD
(225) 261-2730
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1966

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Robert Vincent Blanche, MD
(225) 928-2468
4040 North Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1981

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Sharon Accardo Hoffman, MD
(985) 543-4080
PO Box 4049
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1985

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Patricia Anne Barnes, MD
(225) 922-0445
4615 Government St Bldg 2
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Johnny Lee Simpson, MD
(225) 761-6701
1919 W Carriage House Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Denise Graham
(225) 765-8648
1701 Main Street
Baton Rouge, LA
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1983
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Dr.Patricia Toups
(225) 247-5976
11990 Jackson Street
Clinton, LA
Gender
F
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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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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