Somatoform Disorder Specialists Dover NH

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Dover. 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.

George Quintard Hilton, MD
(603) 742-9200
35 2nd St
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1972

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Kimberly K Whitesell, MD
(603) 742-9550
251 Central Ave
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1990

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Jennifer Martha Casey, MD
(207) 324-1550
707 Central Ave Apt 4
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Mayo Med Sch, Rochester Mn 55905
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr.Jennifer Casey
(603) 749-9900
383 Central Ave # 318
Dover, NH
Gender
F
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.0, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Ellen King Schlefer, MD
130 Central Ave
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1985

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Richard Matthew Naimark, MD
(603) 749-4462
16 Fifth St
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch, Worcester Ma 01655
Graduation Year: 1989

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Sandeep Sobti, MD
(603) 335-8871
Silver Birch Geriatrics
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.George Nowak
(603) 749-4462
16 Fifth St
Dover, NH
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.4, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Marcia M Blier, DO
130 Central Ave
Dover, NH
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of New England, Coll Of Osteo Med, Biddeford Me 04005
Graduation Year: 1991

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Dr.Richard Naimark
(603) 749-4462
16 Fifth St
Dover, NH
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ma Med Sch
Year of Graduation: 1989
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.1, out of 5 based on 7, reviews.

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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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