Treatments: Psychosomatic Medicine
What is Psychosomatic Medicine?
Recently a number of academic medical societies
(Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, The Association of Medicine
applied and were approved by the American Board of Psychiatry
and Neurology and American Board of Medical Specialties, for
the recognition of ”Psychosomatic Medicine” a subspecialty
field of psychiatry.
This was in response to the growing body
of scientific evidence demonstrating the high prevalence of
psychiatric disorders in
patients with medical, surgical, obstetrical and neurological
conditions, particularly for patients with complex and/or chronic
conditions (“the complex medically ill”), and the
critical importance of addressing these disorders in managing
Psychosomatic medicine psychiatrists constitute a group of individuals
in psychiatry who have specialized expertise in the diagnosis
and treatment of psychiatric disorders/difficulties in complex
medically ill patients.
The first subspecialty certification examination was offered
in 2005 by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Dr.
Oddy was certified in Psychosomatic Medicine at this important
time in the development of the subspecialty.