Somatoform Disorder Specialists Dothan AL

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Dothan. 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.

Lenora H Phillips, MD
(334) 798-2394
PO Box 2227
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1979
Hospital
Hospital: Veterans Affairs Med Ctr, Biloxi, Ms

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Shakir Raza Meghani, MD
(334) 712-1170
1841 Honeysuckle Rd
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1993

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Josue F Becerra, MD
(334) 678-5169
200 Sweetwater Dr Apt H93
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jerlyn Cummings Mccleod, MD
(334) 702-7222
101 Medical Dr
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Il Coll Of Med, Chicago Il 60680
Graduation Year: 1998

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John Christopher Strunk, MD
(334) 673-8869
3006 Evans Dr
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tn, Memphis, Coll Of Med, Memphis Tn 38163
Graduation Year: 2000

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Madeline Fay Ferrell, MD
(334) 794-0731
PO Box 1245
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Finch U Of Hs/Chicago Med Sch, North Chicago Il 60664
Graduation Year: 1991

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Emmalyn Ann B Mc Dowell, MD
(334) 793-9564
4300 W Main St Ste 102
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Sleep Medicine, Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Tech De Santiago (Utesa), Esc De Med, Santiago
Graduation Year: 1983
Hospital
Hospital: Flowers Hosp, Dothan, Al; Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
Group Practice: Pulmonary Associates

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Emmalyn Ann B McDowell, MD
(334) 793-9564
4300 W Main St Ste 102
Dothan, AL
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Tech De Santiago (Utesa), Esc De Med, Santiago
Graduation Year: 1983

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Dr.Nelson Handal
(334) 702-7222
101 Medical Drive
Dothan, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Dothan
Online Appt Scheduling: Yes
Accepting New Patients: Yes
RateMD Rating
4.3, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Sam Carroll West Jr, MD
(334) 793-1964
3411 Huntington Pl
Dothan, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1975
Hospital
Hospital: Flowers Hosp, Dothan, Al; Southeast Alabama Med Ctr, Dothan, Al
Group Practice: Medical Specialties Of Dothan

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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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