Somatoform Disorder Specialists Talladega AL

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Talladega. 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.

Jeffrey James Richards, MD
(256) 362-1600
803 North St E
Talladega, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Ma

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Kathryne K Azar, MD
8 Riverside Dr
Childersburg, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Jeffrey James Richards, MD
(256) 362-1600
803 North St E
Talladega, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Wi, Milwaukee Wi 53226
Graduation Year: 1991
Hospital
Hospital: Lahey Clinic, Burlington, Ma

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Lloyda B Williamson, MD
(205) 759-3229
5719 Woodberry Ln
Tuscaloosa, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Meharry Med Coll Sch Of Med, Nashville Tn 37208
Graduation Year: 1990

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James Bradley Hassell, MD
(251) 476-9011
346 W Main St
Mobile, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1993
Hospital
Hospital: Mobile Infirmary Med Ctr, Mobile, Al
Group Practice: Mobile Surgery Clinic

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Albert A Von Oldenburg, MD
334-272-4670 x4040
100 Von Oldenburg
Eastaboga, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Albert Von Oldenburg
100 Oldenburg Dr
Eastaboga, AL
Specialty
Psychiatry, Alzheimer's Specialist

Edgar Wilburn Finn, MD
(205) 939-9193
1600 7th Ave S
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of South Al Coll Of Med, Mobile Al 36688
Graduation Year: 1988

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Eddie L Huggins Jr, MD
(256) 453-3446
PO Box 1845
Anniston, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Al Sch Of Med, Birmingham Al 35294
Graduation Year: 1989

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Stephen F Kowalski, MD
(205) 423-9440
3300 Cahaba Rd Ste 310
Birmingham, AL
Specialties
Psychiatry, Emergency Medicine
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1981

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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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