Somatoform Disorder Specialists Anchorage AK

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Anchorage. 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.

Lyn Dyles, M.D.
(907) 333-4633
310 K Street
Anchorage, AK
Business
Anchorage Psychiatric Consulting
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most insurance plans in Alaska provide coverage for psychiatric services. Please check with your carrier for information specific to your policy.

Doctor Information
Residency Training: University of Washington Hospitals Program, Seattle WA
Medical School: Baylor College of Medicine, Houston TX, 1985
Additional Information
Member Organizations: American Psychiatric Association American Medical Association American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law
Awards: Guide to America's Top Psychiatrists, Consumers Research Council -- 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004 Exemplary Psychiatrist Award, National Alliance for the Mentally Ill -- 1993
Languages Spoken: English

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Matthew Paul Thomas, MD
(907) 562-0289
PO Box 240687
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1995

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Leo Ray Ingle, MD
(805) 528-7861
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1967

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Alexander H Von Hafften, MD
(907) 276-2978
PO Box 230069
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1987
Hospital
Hospital: Alaska Native Med Ctr, Anchorage, Ak
Group Practice: Alaska Counseling Svc

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Ronald K Pollock, DO
(907) 272-1892
207 E Northern Lights Blvd Ste 111
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1983

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Mary Poonen Thomas, MD
(907) 562-0289
PO Box 240687
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Christian Med Coll, Dr M G R Med Univ, Vellore, Tn, India
Graduation Year: 1974

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Carolyn Michelene Rader, MD
(907) 561-1361
PO Box 242934
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wa Sch Of Med, Seattle Wa 98195
Graduation Year: 1991

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Patricia G Patrick, MD
(808) 883-0009
1407 W 31st Ave Ste 200
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1963

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Jay Hugh Ehly, MD
(907) 223-8931
200 W 34th Ave
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1964

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David Richard Samson, MD
(907) 261-5304
2600 Denali St Ste 606
Anchorage, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1970

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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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