Psychosomatic medicine - Medical specialists

A chronic cough, permanently recurring pain or simply discomfort in certain situations? And all this without doctors being able to find physical causes for the symptoms? If so, it seems likely, that this is a case for the specialist in psychosomatic medicine and psychotherapy!

Physical, psychological and social factors always interact when it comes to our health. But this interaction can also be crucial in the case of illness. Mankind has known about this for a very long time, but as a recognized medical specialty psychosomatics is still young: in Germany it has only been around since 1992.

Since psyche and soma - the soul and the body - are closely connected, physicians speak of the bio-psycho-social model. Psychosomatics therefore focuses on the connections and interactions between soul and body: this is where psychotherapeutic and physical treatment methods are combined, and where personal responsibility is also required.

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Psychosomatic medicine - Further information

In the search for specialists in psychosomatics you will find medical experts for treatment in the speciality of psychosomatics. You have bulimia or anorexia, sleep problems, panic attacks, back pain or cancer and need an expert in psychosomatics? Here you will find selected psychosomatics specialists.

Specialist in psychosomatic medicine

The specialist in psychosomatics works with diseases that manifest physically and originate partially or entirely from the psyche. In early psychosomatics, bronchial asthma, peptic ulcer, chronic colitis, eczema, high blood pressure and thyroid hyperfunction were among the classic diseases. Later, heart and intestinal disorders, allergies and autoimmune diseases were added. However, considerable research failed to reveal any specific personality characteristics or conflicts due to which one could conclude that a specific psychosomatic disease existed. The most common complaints in psychosomatics today are headache, chest pain, abdominal pain and back pain. Other psychosomatic complaints in which no physical cause can be found are fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and sleep disorders.

Psychomatic physicians have knowledge of diagnostic procedures as well as disease-related pre- and post-diagnostic treatment. To become a specialist in psychosomatics, a physician must complete five years of postgraduate training.

Therapeutic range of services of psychosomatics

The therapeutic range of services of psychosomatic medicine includes, among other things, psychotraumatology, talk therapy, psychotic disorders, psychoanalysis, behaviour therapy, art therapy, sports therapy and light therapy.

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