Psychoactive Drugs in Psychosomatic Medicine

  • J. Ananth


When dealing with a patient who has a chronic or a life-threatening illness, physical illness receives utmost care but psychosomatic aspect very little. Thus, we speak of the “coronary” needing intensive care and the “psychosomatic” needing psychotherapy which in fact is responding to one part of the problem. The patient who suffers from a disease is neither psyche nor soma alone and will be grateful to you if he will derive benefit from a comprehensive therapy. The origin, perpetuation and treatment of psychosomatic illnesses are multifaceted. Focusing on one aspect of the problem to the exclusion of others is definitely not beneficial. I address myself primarily to the usefulness of psychoactive drugs in some of the physical disorders not to imply its exclusive value but to expose its synergestic value with other forms of therapy. In addition, the opposite problem, rather more serious, psychosomatic disorders secondary to psychoactive drug therapy will also be elucidated to impart the feeling that art of using the medication in the total treatment regime and not mere application is important.


Chronic Pain Psychiatric Patient Trigeminal Neuralgia Psychoactive Drug Psychosomatic Medicine 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Ananth
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry Psychopharmacology UnitUniversity of California, Los Angeles Harbor-U.C.L.A. Medical CenterTorranceUSA

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