Somatoform Disorder Specialists Billings MT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Billings. 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.

Martha Lynn Rhoades, MD
(406) 254-0192
1020 N 27th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Northwestern Univ Med Sch, Chicago Il 60611
Graduation Year: 1978

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Frederick Elliot Kahn, MD
(201) 652-3080
2900 12th Ave N
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wayne State Univ Sch Of Med, Detroit Mi 48201
Graduation Year: 1976

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Thomas William Van Dyk, MD
(406) 248-7299
1245 N 29th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Wi Med Sch, Madison Wi 53706
Graduation Year: 1974

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David B Carlson, MD
(406) 255-8550
1020 N 27th St Ste 410
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Nd Sch Of Med, Grand Forks Nd 58201
Graduation Year: 1982

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Belinda Frances Hartley, MD
1101 N 27th St Ste 201
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1997

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Robert William McDermott, MD
(406) 657-3900
1020 N 27th St
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Yale Univ Sch Of Med, New Haven Ct 06510
Graduation Year: 1970

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Duncan Drake Burford, MD
(406) 252-6082
902 Wyoming Ave
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: La State Univ Sch Of Med In New Orleans, New Orleans La 70112
Graduation Year: 1959

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John Talbot Blodgett, MD
(406) 255-8550
1020 N 27th St Ste 410
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Louisville Sch Of Med, Louisville Ky 40202
Graduation Year: 1986

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James H Peak Jr, MD
(406) 255-8550
1020 N 27th St Ste 410
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Suny-Hlth Sci Ctr At Syracuse, Coll Of Med, Syracuse Ny 13210
Graduation Year: 1988

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Larry Warren Amstutz, MD
(406) 255-8550
1020 N 27th St Ste 410
Billings, MT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Ok Coll Of Med, Oklahoma City Ok 73190
Graduation Year: 1978
Hospital
Hospital: St Vincent Hosp & Health Ctr, Billings, Mt; Deaconess Billings Clinic, Billings, Mt
Group Practice: Deaconess Behavioral Health

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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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