Somatoform Disorder Specialists Hastings NE

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Hastings. 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.

Mark S Laty, MD
(203) 932-5711
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus, Syria
Graduation Year: 1988

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Karen Jean Reinertsen, MD
(402) 463-7711
715 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1982

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Nabil Faltas
(402) 463-7711
715 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Essien Essien
Hastings Regional Ctr
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Bruce Bottlinger
4200 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Shaffi Deen Zaman Ali, MD
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Colombo, Fac Of Med, Colombo, Sri Lanka
Graduation Year: 1970

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Hannelore E Genaidy, MD
1235 N Laird Ave Apt 110
Hastings, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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George Paskewitz
715 N Kansas Ave
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Hannelore Genaidy
(402) 463-3537
4200 W 2nd St
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Essien Essien
711 N Shore Dr
Hastings, NE
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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