Somatoform Disorder Specialists Grand Forks ND

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Grand Forks. 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.

Ashok Kumar Bansal, MD
(701) 780-6600
860 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nalanda Med Coll, Magadh Univ, Patna, Bihar, India
Graduation Year: 1980

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Jacob Kerbeshian Jr, MD
(701) 780-6697
2575 S 35th St
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry, Rochester Ny 14642
Graduation Year: 1970
Hospital
Hospital: Altru Hosp, Grand Forks, Nd
Group Practice: Altru Health Systems

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Edward Leslie Kelly, MD
(701) 476-7200
1451 44th Ave S
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Ross Univ, Sch Of Med & Vet Med, Roseau, Dominica
Graduation Year: 1992

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Ellen Kay Feldman, MD
1000 S Columbia Rd
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1983

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Cort Andrew Pedersen, MD
510 Harvard St Apt 2
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1979

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Steven M Hill, MD
151 S 4th St
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1990

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Dr.Jacob Kerbeshian Jr
(701) 780-6697
860 South Columbia Road
Grand Forks, ND
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Rochester Sch Of Med & Dentistry
Year of Graduation: 1970
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Altru Hosp, Grand Forks, Nd
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Jeffrey H Row, MD
(701) 845-6000
1451 44th Ave S
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1997

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Dr.Thomas Peterson
(701) 775-2500
1451 44th Ave S # F
Grand Forks, ND
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1990
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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1.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Robert G Demers, MD
(865) 584-1561
3035 Demers Ave
Grand Forks, ND
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Georgetown Univ Sch Of Med, Washington Dc 20007
Graduation Year: 1964

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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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