Somatoform Disorder Specialists Pocatello ID

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Pocatello. 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.

William Howard Hazle, MD
333 N 18th Ave
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med, Loma Linda Ca 92350
Graduation Year: 1974

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Linda Eves Carter, MD
(208) 234-7900
421 Memorial Dr
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: East Carolina Univ Sch Of Med, Greenville Nc 27858
Graduation Year: 1987

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Kelly Page Palmer, DO
(208) 785-1200
2975 Clearwater St
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Kirksville Coll Of Osteo Med, Kirksville Mo 63501
Graduation Year: 1984

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Winslow Robert Hunt, MD
(208) 232-6411
6150 Indian Tree Ln
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry, Psychoanalysis
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Columbia Univ Coll Of Physicians And Surgeons, New York Ny 10032
Graduation Year: 1958

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John Ben Reichman, MD
(208) 234-2660
PO Box 4449
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mo, Columbia Sch Of Med, Columbia Mo 65212
Graduation Year: 1971

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Dr.William Hazle
(972) 420-8345
500 South 11th Avenue #204
Pocatello, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Loma Linda Univ Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1974
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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3.0, out of 5 based on 4, reviews.

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Ninon M Germain Collet, MD
(208) 604-2644
PMB 340-360 S 4th Ave
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.Deric Ravsten
(208) 233-5433
Suite 202, 845 West Center Street
Pocatello, ID
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg
Year of Graduation: 1995
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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2.8, out of 5 based on 2, reviews.

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Deric V Ravsten, DO
(208) 234-1099
PO Box 4553
Pocatello, ID
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Des Moines Univ, Coll Osteo Med & Surg, Des Moines Ia 50312
Graduation Year: 1995

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Deric Ravsten
2702 Birdie Thompson Dr
Pocatello, ID
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

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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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