Somatoform Disorder Specialists Wasilla AK

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Wasilla. 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.

Dr.Ellen Halverson
(907) 373-8080
Ste 201, 1700 E Bogard Rd
Wasilla, AK
Gender
F
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med
Year of Graduation: 1987
Speciality
Psychiatrist
General Information
Accepting New Patients: Yes
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Francis Marion Criswell, MD
(606) 784-4161
Wasilla, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ky Coll Of Med, Lexington Ky 40536
Graduation Year: 1965

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Joanette Aceneth Sorkin, MD
(907) 729-4255
18748 Price Island Cir
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Uniformed Services Univ Of The Hlth Sci, Bethesda Md 20814
Graduation Year: 1997

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L Judith Bautista, MD
(907) 269-7152
20660 Ptarmigan Blvd
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1982

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Michael Roy Bernzott, MD
(907) 694-0545
10928 Eagle River Rd Ste 204
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Coll Of Ohio, Toledo Oh 43699
Graduation Year: 1981

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Ellen J Halverson, MD
(907) 561-0044
1700 Bogard Rd
Wasilla, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1987

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K David Holladay, MD
(907) 745-7080
634 S Bailey St Ste 207
Palmer, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Dwight Stallman, DO
(907) 269-7346
19231 Monastery Dr
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mi State Univ, Coll Of Osteo Med, East Lansing Mi 48824
Graduation Year: 1984

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Michael D Robertson, DO
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Hlth Sci, Coll Of Osteo Med, Kansas City Mo 64124
Graduation Year: 1982

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Karen Jean Jackman, MD
Eagle River, AK
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ks Sch Of Med, Kansas City Ks 66103
Graduation Year: 1987

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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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