Somatoform Disorder Specialists Windsor Mill MD

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Windsor Mill. 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.

Sheldon D Glass, MD
(410) 484-2700
3635 Old Court Rd
Pikesville, MD
Business
Glass Health Systems
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology

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Richard Lee Wright, MD
(410) 542-6770
2401 W Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ia Coll Of Med, Iowa City Ia 52242
Graduation Year: 1977

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John Chapman Urbaitis, MD
(410) 601-5457
2401 W Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Cornell Univ Med Coll, New York Ny 10021
Graduation Year: 1966

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Michael Albert Altman, MD
(303) 220-9802
2411 W Belvedere Ave Fl 6
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Stanford Univ Sch Of Med, Stanford Ca 94305
Graduation Year: 1965

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Samuel Elliot Adler, MD
(410) 601-5461
2401 W Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Va Commonwealth Univ, Med Coll Of Va Sch Of Med, Richmond Va 23298
Graduation Year: 1973

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Akhtar Alam, MD
(316) 630-8456
Windsor Mill, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Sind Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1982

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Saurabh Saurabh, MD
(304) 525-7801
2401 W Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Maulana Azad Med Coll, Univ Of Delhi, New Delhi, Delhi, India
Graduation Year: 1989

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Wendy Carol Spencer, MD
2600 Liberty Heights Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Md Sch Of Med, Baltimore Md 21201
Graduation Year: 1982

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Ronald Hershel Cohen, MD
(650) 941-1113
2401 W Belvedere Ave
Baltimore, MD
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Jefferson Med Coll-Thos Jefferson Univ, Philadelphia Pa 19107
Graduation Year: 1964

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Dr.Evan Jacobson
(410) 601-5461
2401 West Belvedere Avenue #35
Baltimore, MD
Gender
M
Speciality
Psychiatrist
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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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