Somatoform Disorder Specialists Frederick MD

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Frederick. 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.

Shaukat J Amanullah, MD
(301) 459-9371
6423 Bellevue Pl
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Sir Salimullah Med Coll, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Graduation Year: 1979

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Lawrence P Costello, MD
(301) 662-6226
35 E 2nd St
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1980

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Bernadine Carol Faw, MD
(410) 235-5020
140 Fairview Ave
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1961

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Mary Held Cornish, MD
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1983

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Sanjeev K Singhal, MD
(301) 663-8263
604 Solarex Ct Unit 201
Frederick, MD
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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Anthony Stanley Garofano, MD
(301) 663-1411
801 Toll House Ave
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1956

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Nusrat Ahmed, MD
(301) 846-4592
6101 Brookhaven Dr
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1973

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Harvey Zachery Itskowitz, MD
(240) 566-3725
116 E Church St
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1967
Hospital
Hospital: Frederick Mem Hosp, Frederick, Md
Group Practice: Sheppard Pratt Physicians Pa At Frederick Memorial Hospital

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Mary Held James, MD
(301) 662-6226
41 N Market St
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ralph Simon Ryback, MD
(301) 977-5445
13 E 2nd St
Frederick, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1966

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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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