Somatic Medicine

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Somatic medicine is an approach to health care that recognizes the importance of psychology in every aspect of health.  It is the recognition with rare exception, that symptoms and diseases have its origins in our experiences and how we interact and respond to our environment.  Symptoms are a way of coping with stress whether they are behavioral as in addiction or expressed in our state of mind/being such as depression, or whether we have an autoimmune disease or chronic pain.  Treating disease whether it manifests more behaviorally, emotionally, psychically, or more physically benefits from a whole person approach that includes not only a psychological intervention, but also a physiological one.