Somatoform Disorder Specialists Lincoln NE

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Lincoln. 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.

Ronald Robert Fox, MD
(775) 328-1403
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Southern Il Univ Sch Of Med, Springfield Il 62794
Graduation Year: 1988

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Klaus Hartmann, MD
(402) 423-7666
PO Box 94949
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1970

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Kiyoshi George Hachiya, MD
(402) 489-5466
531 Cottonwood Dr
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1958

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J Vincent Judge, MD
(209) 586-5245
600 S 70th St
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Creighton Univ Sch Of Med, Omaha Ne 68178
Graduation Year: 1951

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Sam Frank Adli, MD
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: First Moscow Sechenov Med Inst, Moscow, Russia
Graduation Year: 1987

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Masum Ahmed, MD
(402) 484-4111
8101 O St Ste 300
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sir Salimullah Med Coll, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Graduation Year: 1990

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Gerald Frank Bunting, MD
4600 Valley Rd
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1975

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Ahsan Afzaal Naseem, MD
(313) 874-6677
600 S 70th St
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Geriatrics, Geriatric Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Rawalpindi Med Coll, Univ Of Punjab, Rawalpindi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1992

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Blaine Shaffer, MD
(402) 479-5081
PO Box 98925
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Lori Ann Gerding, MD
(402) 420-5270
2900 O St Ste 200
Lincoln, NE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1996

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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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