By Jean Benjamin Stora
Trans. via Sophie Leighton
Integrative psychosomatics is a brand new method of explaining health problems and the way sufferers relate to their difficulties. This new self-discipline attracts on psychoanalysis, medication and the neurosciences, instead of exclusively on psychoanalysis, which has encouraged the entire psychosomatic ways earlier. one of the interesting and compelling questions that this ebook increases are how do we comprehend an ailment if we in basic terms examine the psyche? How do we comprehend sufferers if we purely take account in their organic info? And are hypochondriac difficulties generated by way of the brain, as a few medical professionals think, or are the issues in truth extra advanced? the writer additionally considers no matter if conventional psychoanalysis and medication may perhaps truly distance practitioners from an knowing of sufferers and health problems. For integrative psychosomatics, the psyche or the brain can play both a better or lesser function in disease: advances in study within the neurosciences and biology during the last two decades have exposed many organic and genetic approaches fascinated with the kin among the important worried method and the opposite platforms that represent the human psychosomatic entity, and we will now comprehend health problems far better and deal with sufferers in regards to how they relate to their health problems.
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I put on my white coat, as I was strongly recommended to do long ago now by my colleagues—they have added a red badge (the doctors’ badge) with my name and specialism: psychosomatics. All of this is symbolic, but I know that this appearance identifies me as part of the medical community and can, at the same time, unsettle patients; what do they perceive when I enter their room? How is a relationship of trust to be established in the minimum of time? Is the patient going to say nothing, give minimal information, or talk to xl INTRODUCTION us at length about all the treatments received over the last twenty years, in order to adopt a defensive position by talking about his problems rather than himself?
Where the medical and psychosomatic predictions converge and diverge The current medical approach is essentially based on analysing the biological factors and the patient’s medical history; the integrative psychosomatic examination, as I have developed it, considers the state of psychic functioning and its relation to somatic and psychic incidents in the patient’s history. To this, I add the effect of the malfunctioning of the mental apparatus on the neurological and entire biological system. This approach concerns all somatic pathologies, and in this respect I agree with my friend and colleague Christophe Dejours’s observation that there are no psychosomatic illnesses or psychosomatic patients.
The fear of contagion overtakes them and they end up wearing gloves and other protective clothes all day. It is obvious that the fear of xlii INTRODUCTION contagion can severely compromise the quality of care, as studies have demonstrated. Some recent studies have also shown that the patients isolated in this way were suffering from depression and anxiety. Some epidemiological research also points to the negative consequences of such excessive precautions on patients’ general health. Doctors wonder how to tell if there will be increasingly more “contact barriers” between them and their patients in the future.