What is Psychosomatics:

Psychosomatics is the branch of medicine that deals with the psychic and physical components as a unit and the interrelationship between them. (Blakiston Medical Dictionary)

A Disease is a medical professional’s evaluation of a patient’s symptoms. An Illness is a person’s own perception and evaluation of how they feel about their symptoms. These two terms, although used interchangeably by most, are extremely important in the field of psychosomatics. For example, if a patient feels pain at 8 (on a scale of 1 to 10), but the disease does not usually bring on such severe pain, the way a medical professional will deal with the pain will be different from the was a mental health professional deals with it. There is no ‘real’ and ‘unreal’ pain. Pain is what the individual feels. Relief is defined in some cases simply by the reduction of this perception of pain.

Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, augmented by the Biopsychosocial Model ofChronic Illness has been proven to be extremely effective in the field of psychosomatics.

Psychosomatic symptoms are not ‘less real’ or imaginary. The power of themind is harnessed to help heal the body.

Patients can seek psychotherapy when:
  1. Their test results are all within normal limits and the treating doctors are unable to label the disease, but the symptoms are persistent.
  2. Medical intervention has helped with a diagnosed disease, but an overall feeling of wellness has not been achieved.
  3. A disease has been diagnosed, but no conventional medical interventions seem to help.
  4. The patient or the referring doctor suspect that emotional factors are triggering symptoms more frequently.
  5. A chronic illness is affecting the quality of life.