A New Body-Mind Approach: Clinical Cases by Jean Benjamin Stora

By Jean Benjamin Stora

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 all of the psychosomatic techniques earlier. one of the interesting and compelling questions that this ebook increases are how do we comprehend an sickness if we in simple terms learn the psyche? How do we comprehend sufferers if we simply take account in their organic info? And are hypochondriac difficulties generated through the brain, as a few medical professionals think, or are the issues in truth extra complicated? the writer additionally considers no matter if conventional psychoanalysis and medication could truly distance practitioners from an realizing of sufferers and health problems. For integrative psychosomatics, the psyche or the brain can play both a better or lesser function in disorder: advances in examine within the neurosciences and biology during the last 20 years have exposed many organic and genetic approaches keen on the relatives among the valuable fearful method and the opposite platforms that represent the human psychosomatic entity, and we will be able to 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 am going to take more inspiration from the example of American working practices that, in some respects, are very different from our own, and in others very similar. The objective here is to improve our medical and therapeutic practices. Have we lost sight of the patient as a person? Concerning barriers between doctors and patients, Dr Pauline W. Chen tells us about her hospital experience: Several years ago I helped care for a man who had been hospitalised with a severe infection of the abdominal wall.

Like doctors, the psychoanalyst psychosomatician encounters death in his daily practice, which is rarely the case for a psychoanalyst. The construction of a new psychosomatic approach owes a great deal to my teachers at the Aumale lycée in Constantine, such as the xxxvi INTRODUCTION philosophy teacher who strongly encouraged us to read and re-read Sigmund Freud’s Introductory Lectures on Psychoanalysis, a book that I still have in my library today, which led me to undertake training in psychoanalysis;1 or the physics and chemistry teacher, who guided my reading towards Albert Einstein and the theory of relativity.

4 A N E W B O DY – M I N D A P P R OAC H After her divorce, she met a man with whom she then lived after her marriage, but, again, life is often cruel; her partner committed suicide seven years ago and she has not yet mourned this. We can note the quest for an external object to maintain her psychic equilibrium following her divorce; at her partner’s death (trauma), Marie-Laure was confronted with mourning the loss of her new object, who died in dramatic circumstances. Her partner had supported her for nearly fourteen years.

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