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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine

Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine is one in a series of “Advances In” sessions at the 2010 APA Annual meeting that will in-depth information on specific areas of psychiatry. James L. Levenson, M.D., will lead the symposium, which will provide up-to-date information by experts on psychiatric issues in obstetrics and gynecology; pain management; psychosis, mania, and catatonia in the medically ill; legal issues at the interface of psychiatry and medicine; and psychopharmacology in the medically ill.

Psychosomatic Medicine is the newest psychiatric subspecialty and its practitioners are those who have particular expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of psychiatric disorders and psychological difficulties in complex medically ill patients. Clinically, Psychosomatic Medicine focuses on three groups of patients: 1) those with comorbid psychiatric and general medical illnesses complicating management, 2) those with somatoform and functional disorders, and 3) those with psychiatric disorders that are the direct consequence of a primary medical condition or its treatment.

Advances In sessions are three-hour didactic lecture series featuring well-known experts presenting clinical and research findings and allowing time for questions and answers. Advances in Psychosomatic Medicine will be Monday, May 24, 2010 from 9 a.m. to noon.