Somatoform Disorder Specialists Boise ID

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Boise. 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.

Dr.Stephen Bushi
(208) 658-0800
1902 W Judith Lane, Suite 110
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1968
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Alan Hugh Hines, MD
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1993

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Michael Eggeling Estess, MD
(208) 345-2630
1471 Shoreline Dr Ste 119
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Branch Galveston, Galveston Tx 77550
Graduation Year: 1966

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Kathleen Blackburn, MD
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1987

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Grant Bennett Belnap, MD
(208) 323-2847
1501 Tyrell Ln
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1989

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Jayne M Stevenson, MD
(208) 336-7341
802 W Bannock St Ste 405
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Western Australia, Fac Of Med, Perth, Wa, Australia
Graduation Year: 1995

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Leslie Renee Pedersen, MD
(208) 344-4391
223 W State St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Rush Med Coll Of Rush Univ, Chicago Il 60612
Graduation Year: 1984

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Joann Cynthia Leone, MD
(208) 343-4328
1824 Edgecliff Ter
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1981

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Kenneth George Khatain, MD
(208) 338-7208
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1986

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Mukesh Mittal, MD
(208) 338-7208
500 W Fort St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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