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Medical Disorders

Dr. Jan Mark Burte - Medical Disorders

Overview

 

The field of medical psychology continues to expand. Psychologists are being called upon with increasing frequency to contribute to the treatment of patients experiencing a myriad of medical conditions.

 

The Science

 

Neuropsychologists are providing insights into brain functioning. Medical psychologists with training in psychopharmacological interventions are now working closely with medical physicians in integrative settings providing comprehensive treatment plans in treating a diverse range of medical disorders. Medical disorders often have significant psychological components. The treatment of conditions, which are expressed through immune function imbalances, can be assisted by psychological interventions.

 

Treatment

 

Pain control, stress management, neurofeedback, biofeedback and hypnosis have been shown to play a positive role within a multidisciplinary treatment approach of many conditions. Arthritis, Krohn’s disease, Reynaud’s syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic pain, headaches, Fibromyalgia, reflex sympathetic dystrophy, tic disorders, TMJ, myofascial pain syndrome, Tinnitus, sexual disorders, such as erectile dysfunction and dyspareunia, and high blood pressure, are but a few of the medical conditions, which have been helped with the addition of hypnosis, psychotherapy and psychological interventions.

 

Psychological interventions can not only assist in the reducing of the severity of the medical disorder but may also playa significant role in helping patients overcome the feelings of helplessness, and hopelessness often associated with severe medical conditions. In addition, the role of the family can not be overlooked in the recovery, rehabilitation or coping processes when medical disorders are present. Hypnosis, family therapy, marital counseling and individual psychotherapy can play a significant role in bringing about overall patient recovery.