Somatoform Disorder Specialists Portales NM

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Portales. 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.

Clare Elizabeth Arth, MD
(505) 769-2345
PO Box 5398
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ut Sch Of Med, Salt Lake Cty Ut 84132
Graduation Year: 1987

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John D Bailey, DO
(505) 784-3658
7704 Oklahoma Ct
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Nova Se Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, Ft Lauderdale Fl 33328
Graduation Year: 1986

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Clovis Counseling Center
(575) 762-0212
921 E 21st St
Clovis, NM
Industry
Mental Health Professional, Psychologist

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Tracy Marie Anthony, MD
2400 Tucker North East,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ca, San Francisco, Sch Of Med, San Francisco Ca 94143
Graduation Year: 1999

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Lynn A Davidson Stroh, MD
(505) 722-1000
503 Aztec Ct
Gallup, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ne Coll Of Med, Omaha Ne 68198
Graduation Year: 1996
Hospital
Hospital: Gallup Indian Med Ctr, Gallup, Nm

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Lemuel Orendain Granada, MD
(505) 763-3725
1821 Eastridge Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry, Neurology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of The Philippines, Coll Of Med, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1952
Hospital
Hospital: Plains Reg Med Ctr, Clovis, Nm
Group Practice: Mental Health Resources Inc

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Cecilia A Carpio-LaCoursiere, MD
(505) 762-4473
1917 Saint Andrews Dr
Clovis, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dr.Michael Dudelczyk
(505) 983-9513
1807 SECOND STREET #44b
Santa Fe, NM
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: New York Med Coll
Year of Graduation: 1973
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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Joanna Teufel, MD
(505) 843-2111
2600 Marble North East,
Albuquerque, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nm Sch Of Med, Albuquerque Nm 87131
Graduation Year: 1997

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Charles David Mellon, MD
2 Sunrise Dr
Placitas, NM
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Tx Med Sch At San Antonio, San Antonio Tx 78284
Graduation Year: 1986

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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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