Somatoform Disorder Specialists Bastrop LA

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Bastrop. 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.

Calvin Cecil Walker, MD
(318) 323-0700
3418 Medical Park Dr Ste 24
Monroe, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry, Pain Management
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Southwestern Med Ctr At Dallas, Med Sch, Dallas Tx 75235
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: St Francis Med Ctr, Monroe, La; North Monroe Hospital, Monroe, La

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Bruce Wheeler
(318) 665-4644
115 Highway 2
Sterlington, LA
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Charles E Bramlet MD
(337) 991-9163
119 Rue Fountaine
Lafayette, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Linda Ann Boswell, MD
(318) 949-0882
3 Woodfern Ln
Haughton, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In Shreveport, Shreveport La 71130
Graduation Year: 1977

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Michael James Prejean, MD
(337) 468-4318
3450 Chestnut St # F
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1971

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Horatio A Millin, MD
3111 Old Sterlington Rd Apt 240
Monroe, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Eastern Va Med Sch Of The Med Coll Of Hampton Roads, Norfolk Va 23501
Graduation Year: 1986

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Mother Helen
(318) 343-9853
7221 Desiard St
Monroe, LA
Industry
Psychologist

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Shelly N Savant, MD
(504) 988-2241
602 N Lewis St Ste 500
New Iberia, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Aniedi Fred Udofa, MD
(225) 922-0445
1042 Stoneliegh Dr
Baton Rouge, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Calabar, Coll Of Med Sci, Calabar, Cross River, Nigeria
Graduation Year: 1986

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Monica A Mc Gauly, MD
(504) 891-7762
2233 Saint Charles Ave Apt 403
New Orleans, LA
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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