Somatoform Disorder Specialists Louisburg NC

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Louisburg. 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.

Manish Amrish Fozdar, MD
(919) 350-7326
1109 Chilmark Ave
Wake Forest, NC
Specialties
Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Municipal Med Coll, Gujarat Univ, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Graduation Year: 1988

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Eugene Drew Bridges, MD
(919) 414-7579
228 N Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nc At Chapel Hill Sch Of Med, Chapel Hill Nc 27599
Graduation Year: 1975

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Mehmet Yillar
134 S Garnett St
Henderson, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Jackson Chiu
(252) 431-3708
566 Ruin Creek Rd
Henderson, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Wake County Psychological Service Inc
(919) 562-1080
12335 Wake Union Church Rd
Wake Forest, NC
Industry
Psychologist

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David Edward Miller, MD
732 Red Horse Way
Wake Forest, NC
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Duke Univ Sch Of Med, Durham Nc 27710
Graduation Year: 1973

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Stephan Fredrick Baum, MD
252-492-4011 x231
134 S Garnett St
Henderson, NC
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1991

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Eugene Bridges
125 Emergency Rd
Henderson, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Amilda Horne
(252) 492-4011
125 Charles D Rollins Rd
Henderson, NC
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Artful Mind the
(919) 556-1285
1952 S Main St
Wake Forest, NC
Industry
Psychologist

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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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