Somatoform Disorder Specialists Montgomery AL

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Montgomery. 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.

Maria Rosario T Tabino, MD
(334) 272-4670
215 Perry Hill Rd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Matias H Aznar Mem Coll Of Med, Inc, Cebu City, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1963

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Rafael Tobias Lopez, MD
2034 Chestnut St
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Santo Domingo (Uasd), Fac De Cien Med, Santo Domingo
Graduation Year: 1969

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David Dean Hall, DO
(334) 272-3889
PO Box 230310
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1984
Hospital
Hospital: East Alabama Med Ctr, Opelika, Al; Baptist Med Ctr East, Montgomery, Al
Group Practice: Behavioral Medicine

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Jill Siniard Kimbrough, MD
PO Box 11153
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1990

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Victor Antonio Pena, MD
(904) 879-2720
1401 E South Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Family Practice, Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Auto De Santo Domingo (Uasd), Fac De Cien Med, Santo Domingo
Graduation Year: 1962

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Margaret Sellers-Bok, MD
(334) 409-9242
1110 Westmoreland Ave
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Sukumaran C Nair, MD
(334) 279-7830
101 Coliseum Blvd
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll, Gandhiji Univ, Kottayam, Kerala, India
Graduation Year: 1973

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David Dewey Harwood, MD
(334) 288-9009
2014 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Emory Univ Sch Of Med, Atlanta Ga 30322
Graduation Year: 1985

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William Crawford Freeman, MD
(334) 288-9883
2014 Normandie Dr
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1986

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Roy Nolan Pasker, DO
(334) 281-5859
2055 E South Blvd Ste 4
Montgomery, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Philadelphia Coll Of Osteo Med, Philadelphia Pa 19131
Graduation Year: 1965

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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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