Somatoform Disorder Specialists Bangor ME

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Bangor. 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.

Ingrid Eve Runden, MD
(207) 941-8160
304 Hancock St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1979

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Barbara Joyce Felkins, MD
(512) 477-7724
268 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: U Of Tx Med Sch At Houston, Houston Tx 77225
Graduation Year: 1977

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Ardell William Diessner, MD
(651) 436-7051
4 Knox Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1948

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Takeo Kawamura, MD
(207) 945-3615
263 State St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Chiba Univ, Fac Of Med, Chiba, Japan
Graduation Year: 1958

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Juergen Homann, MD
268 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Fak Der Univ Hamburg, Hamburg
Graduation Year: 1958

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Niamh Maire Holohan, MD
(207) 990-1980
40 Vance Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Coll Of Cork, Nat'L Univ Of Ireland, Fac Of Med, Cork
Graduation Year: 1988

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Ehsan Ali Biswas, MD
268 Stillwater Ave
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dhaka Med Coll, Dhaka Univ, Bangladesh (704-03 Pr 7/1972)
Graduation Year: 1992

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Anilla Del Fabbro, MD
42 Cedar St
Bangor, ME
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Witwatersrand, Med Sch, Johannesburg, So Africa
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Don Payne
(207) 973-6100
268 Stillwater Avenue
Bangor, ME
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston
Year of Graduation: 1970
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Dr.Robert Milton
(207) 947-0366
Selby Psychological Svcs, 6 State Street, Suite 208
Bangor, ME
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Chcs
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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