Somatoform Disorder Specialists Eagle ID

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Eagle. 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.

Frank Alan Germano, MD
(208) 939-6507
608 W Ashbourne Dr
Eagle, ID
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: In Univ Sch Of Med, Indianapolis In 46202
Graduation Year: 1978

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John Barry Burns, MD
(208) 322-1881
411 Allumbaugh St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1963

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Charles Chris Novak, MD
208-323-1125 x3013
413 Allumbaugh St Ste 101
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 1981
Hospital
Hospital: Intermountain Hosp Of Boise, Boise, Id
Group Practice: Sage Health Care

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David Arthur Kent, MD
(208) 323-1125
413 Allumbaugh St Ste 101
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1986

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Dr.Eric Simmons
(208) 376-1611
335 Allumbaugh St
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med
Year of Graduation: 1980
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Intermountain
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.5, out of 5 based on 1, reviews.

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Eric Alfred Simmons, DO
(509) 943-9104
411 Allumbaugh St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of N Tx Hlth Sci Ctr, Tx Coll Osteo Med, Ft Worth Tx 76107
Graduation Year: 1980

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Dr.Richard Montgomery
(208) 323-1125
413 Allumbaugh St #101
Boise, ID
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.7, out of 5 based on 6, reviews.

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Sandra Kay Mac Donald, MD
(208) 367-6500
131 Allumbaugh St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Az Coll Of Med, Tucson Az 85724
Graduation Year: 1991

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Scott Partridge Hoopes, MD
(208) 898-8999
315 Allumbaugh St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1988

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James Willford Kern, MD
(208) 367-6030
777 N Raymond St
Boise, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1959

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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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