Somatoform Disorder Specialists Millsboro DE

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Millsboro. 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.

Nathan L Centers, MD
(410) 337-7772
RR 4 Box 19
Dagsboro, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Zeelaf Butt Munir, MD
(302) 644-9660
117 Schley Ave # 1
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1989

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Adam Scott Bowman, MD
(302) 678-3020
31168 Learning Ln
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1998

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Melody Ann Benson, MD
(302) 644-2770
431 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Umdnj-New Jersey Med Sch, Newark Nj 07103
Graduation Year: 1987

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David August, DO
(302) 645-9076
16529 Coastal Hwy
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1987

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William A Thomas, MD
1400 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Neurology, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: American Univ Of The Caribbean, Sch Of Med, Plymouth, Montserrat
Graduation Year: 1992

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Elena Padrell, MD
(302) 644-2770
431 Savannah Rd
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Barcelona, Fac De Med, Barcelona, Spain
Graduation Year: 1981

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Estrella Acosta, MD
(615) 865-2373
467 Highway One
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1970

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Ruben A Portnoy, MD
(215) 456-8925
Lewes, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Nac De Cuyo, Fac De Cien Med, Mendoza, Argentina
Graduation Year: 1995

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Lionel O de Bernard, MD
PO Box 563
Georgetown, DE
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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