Somatoform Disorder Specialists Shepherdsville KY

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Shepherdsville. 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.

Lu Ye, MD
(502) 852-5395
4504 Jett Thomas Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Kellye Nichol Singletary Jones, MD
(502) 478-1266
9018 Black Powder Ln
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 2001

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Diane Kay Miller, MD
(502) 588-5395
8225 Saint Anthonys Church Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1993

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Peter E Tanguay, MD
(502) 636-3851
1129 Cardinal Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ottawa, Fac Of Med, Ottawa, Ont, Canada
Graduation Year: 1960

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Tanya D Wozniak, MD
(502) 852-5395
279 Eldorado Ave
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Danya N Colbert-Trowel, MD
(502) 852-8395
8301 Lake Superior Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dennis Ballard Campbell, MD
(606) 743-3139
8461 Grand Trevi Dr
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1987

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Martin Moyer Klapheke, MD
(502) 629-8880
3214 Chickadee Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1979

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Gary Myron Davis, MD
(614) 752-0333
3828 Bardstown Rd
Louisville, KY
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Oh State Univ Coll Of Med, Columbus Oh 43210
Graduation Year: 1984

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Dr.Mohamed Khodeir
(502) 479-4433
3430 Newburg Rd # 212
Louisville, KY
Gender
M
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Cairo, Fac Of Med, Cairo
Year of Graduation: 1979
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Hospital: Caritas Peace Center, Louisville, Ky
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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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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