Somatoform Disorder Specialists Aztec NM

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Aztec. 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.

James Robert Di Gioia, DO
(505) 325-0238
6 Road 3629
Aztec, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1999

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Ariadna Sadziene Bessinger, MD
(505) 326-7679
1930 San Juan Blvd
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Vil'Njus Univ, Vil'Njus, Lithuania
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: San Juan Reg Med Ctr, Farmington, Nm

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Dr.Sara Montgomery
(505) 368-6401
108 North Behrend Avenue, suite A
Farmington, NM
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 2001
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Sara L Montgomery, MD
(505) 368-7318
4300 Morning Star Dr
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 2001

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Karen Raburn Thomasson, MD
904 E 20th St Ste C
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1986

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Stevan Robert Lund, DO
(505) 327-7644
7210 Dellwood Ct
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1970

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Laura Spalding Moore, MD
(502) 253-7205
1001 W Broadway
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1987

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Alex Braiman, MD
(505) 324-8412
1908 Glade Rd
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1951

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David Steele McCray, MD
(843) 524-8899
622 W Maple St
Farmington, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ar Coll Of Med, Little Rock Ar 72205
Graduation Year: 1966

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Stevan Lund
7210 Delwood Dr
Farmington, NM
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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