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

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 all of the psychosomatic techniques before. one of the attention-grabbing and compelling questions that this publication increases are how do we comprehend an affliction if we simply examine the psyche? How will we comprehend sufferers if we in simple terms take account in their organic information? And are hypochondriac difficulties generated via the brain, as a few medical professionals think, or are the issues actually extra advanced? the writer additionally considers even if conventional psychoanalysis and medication could really 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 position in sickness: advances in learn within the neurosciences and biology during the last 20 years have exposed many organic and genetic methods inquisitive about the family members among the principal worried method and the opposite structures that represent the human psychosomatic entity, and we will now comprehend health problems far better and deal with sufferers with reference to how they relate to their health problems.

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During my childhood, I was immersed in what in the West is called magical thinking, which was condemned by the religion of Moses, and severely criticised by rationalist thinking. “The witches” came one day with their drums to drive away the spirits imprisoned in my grandfather’s body, but their actions failed; my grandfather died of his cancer. Confronted with death for the first time, I coped by turning to God and religion, with its rituals that allow the acceptance of death, whereas later in my clinical experience I very often became aware of my patients’ denial of mourning and its traumatic effects on their health.

My thoughts on this are well expressed by Albert Einstein: The whole of science is nothing more than a refinement of every day thinking. It is for this reason that the critical thinking of the physicist cannot possibly be restricted to the examination of the concepts of his own specific field. He cannot proceed without considering critically a much more difficult problem, the problem of analyzing the nature of everyday thinking. (1936, p. 59) Before introducing to you my first patient, Marie-Laure, I will provide you with some reflections on doctor–patient relations, in order to give you a better understanding of current practices, both in hospitals and private practice.

I have since abandoned this cumbersome arrangement, with its unpredictable effect on the patient’s mental functioning; moreover, no hospital room in our department can accommodate so many people, although, at the medical level, the “grand visit” (professor with students) continues its course. , to be assessed. This is a difficult task; how can enough information be obtained in so little time to help the patient in the treatment of his illness? To complete our observation, we can see the patient again in three months when he returns for a further check-up, which gives some reassurance.

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