Somatoform Disorder Specialists Burlington VT

Local resource for somatoform disorder specialists in Burlington. 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.

Christine DiBlasio, Ph.D.
(802) 654-7607
366 Dorset Street
South Burlington, VT
Business
Stone House Associates
Specialties
Psychiatry & Psychology, Assessment and Treatment Adults, Adolescents and Children Individual Psychotherapy Psychological Evaluations Anxiety, Depression, Life Transistions, Women's Issues, Parenting Concerns, Coping with Medical Issues
Insurance
Insurance Plans Accepted: Most.Cigna, MVP, BC/BS, Magellan, United Behavioral Health, CBA, United Health, Tricare, Medicaid, Medicare, First Health, Teamsters, One Health Plan, Aetna, Great-West, and many others.
Medicare Accepted: Yes

Doctor Information
Primary Hospital: FAHC


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Jeremiah E Dickerson, MD
20 W Canal St Apt 319
Winooski, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Douglas Edward Dennett, MD
(802) 872-9263
102 Lake St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Vt Coll Of Med, Burlington Vt 05405
Graduation Year: 1976

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Robert Eric Linder, MD
(802) 864-3111
1 Lawson Ln Ste 260
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Mc Gill Univ, Fac Of Med, Montreal, Que, Canada
Graduation Year: 1976

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Paul Gerald Cotton, MD
(802) 860-0163
186 S Willard St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Tufts Univ Sch Of Med, Boston Ma 02111
Graduation Year: 1970

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John Spencer Kamin, MD
20 W Canal St
Winooski, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: George Washington Univ Sch Of Med & Hlth Sci, Washington Dc 20037
Graduation Year: 1994

Data Provided By:
A Evan Eyler, MD
(802) 847-2700
106 Carrigan Dr
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mi Med Sch, Ann Arbor Mi 48109
Graduation Year: 1984

Data Provided By:
John Ray Edwards, MD
(802) 658-2767
118 Pine St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Med Univ Of Sc Coll Of Med, Charleston Sc 29425
Graduation Year: 1972

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Kathryn Regan Cullen, MD
147 Centennial Ct
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Female
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Mn Med Sch-Minneapolis, Minneapolis Mn 55455
Graduation Year: 2002

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Anne N Clegg, MD
(802) 865-3450
86 Lake St
Burlington, VT
Specialties
Psychiatry
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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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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