Somatoform Disorder Specialists Madison AL

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Madison. 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.

Donald Rollin Klasing, MD
(256) 736-1492
126 Mendenhall Dr
Madison, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr.Heath Penland
(256) 774-4500
450 Lanier Road
Madison, AL
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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5.0, out of 5 based on 3, reviews.

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Dr.Regina Doody
(256) 774-4500
1644 Slaughter Rd
Madison, AL
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1996
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.6, out of 5 based on 5, reviews.

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Charles Ross Hayden Jr, MD
(256) 722-1999
PO Box 1425
Madison, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1985

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Albert Lester Sprinkle, MD
(423) 392-6296
Harvest, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Bowman Gray Sch Of Med Of Wake Forest Univ, Winston-Salem Nc 27157
Graduation Year: 1986

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Piotr A Zieba, MD
(256) 774-4500
450 Lanier Rd
Madison, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Languages
Polish
Education
Medical School: Akademia Med W Warszawie, Warszawa, Poland
Graduation Year: 1988
Hospital
Hospital: Crestwood Med Ctr, Huntsville, Al

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Regina Marie Doody, MD
(256) 774-4500
106 Kensington Dr
Madison, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Brooklyn, Coll Of Med, Brooklyn Ny 11203
Graduation Year: 1996

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Dr.AMMAR ALREFAI
(256) 325-1349
102 Essex Ct # D
Madison, AL
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Damascus, Fac Of Med, Damascus
Year of Graduation: 1993
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.5, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Edward Mc Daniel Turpin, MD
(256) 340-2558
1060 Grandeview Blvd
Huntsville, AL
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Fl Coll Of Med, Gainesville Fl 32610
Graduation Year: 1990

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Sherry Lynn Thaggard, MD
(256) 265-2464
600 Saint Clair Ave SW Ste 3
Huntsville, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ms Sch Of Med, Jackson Ms 39216
Graduation Year: 1984

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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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