By Jean Benjamin Stora
Trans. by means of 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, drugs and the neurosciences, instead of completely on psychoanalysis, which has encouraged the entire psychosomatic methods previously. one of the interesting and compelling questions that this ebook increases are how will we comprehend an sickness if we merely research the psyche? How do we comprehend sufferers if we in basic terms take account in their organic facts? And are hypochondriac difficulties generated via 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 could truly distance practitioners from an figuring out of sufferers and health problems. For integrative psychosomatics, the psyche or the brain can play both a better or lesser position in sickness: advances in learn within the neurosciences and biology over the past 20 years have exposed many organic and genetic strategies all for the family among the primary anxious approach and the opposite platforms that represent the human psychosomatic entity, and we will be able to now comprehend health problems far better and take care of sufferers with reference to how they relate to their health problems.
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Additional info for A New Body-Mind Approach: Clinical Cases
When I was beginning to learn about psychoanalytic psychosomatics with Pierre Marty, the founder of the Paris School, I adopted his approach to the problems without ever questioning his teaching, in accordance with the ideal of identification and obedience to teachers in my world of origin. Nevertheless, I asked myself many questions after I had studied the theoretical approaches of psychosomaticians in past centuries and up to the twentieth century. It is difficult to criticise one’s teachers without ever putting them totally in question, while pursuing the objective of advancing knowledge and skill by attempting to follow the path that they have taken.
Most of the doctors and nursing staff, and even his wife, ended up complaining about having to put on this protective clothing every day. As the weeks passed, the clinicians gradually reduced their interaction with the patient; they ended up instructing one of their junior staff to treat him and take care of sterilising the bedroom. The increasing isolation of the patient led him to withdraw psychologically into himself, from everyone but his spouse. His daily statements about “fighting this illness” became increasingly inaudible, his voice ceased to be anything but a murmur, and finally it disappeared.
Does what she has told me correspond to the notes made in her file? What has she omitted to tell me, and why? We have to discover “lies by omission”, and the reasons for them. This is ordinary work in psychoanalysis—verbal slips, parapraxes, compulsion to repeat behaviour, and so on—but it is also crucial in medicine, as these have to be interpreted in the doctor–patient relationship. My patient is suffering from multiple metabolic syndrome and arterial hypertension with a major cardiovascular risk; her file records excessive diurnal somnolence, and her nocturnal sleep is interrupted by waking several times with a severe apnoea syndrome.
A New Body-Mind Approach: Clinical Cases by Jean Benjamin Stora