Reflections on Relevance: The Fields of Psychosomatics and Psychotherapy in 2006 [including new developments in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome]

Journal: Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 2007;76(4):203-212.

Author and affiliation: Balon R. Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA.

PMID: 17570958

This article reviews several areas of new and interesting development in the fields of psychosomatics and psychotherapy published in the literature during 2006.

These areas are:

1. Cardiovascular illness and its interplay with depression;

2. Risks and predisposing factors in the areas of mental illness and physical illness;

3. New developments in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, and

4. New or newly explored/modified (psycho)therapies, especially cognitive-behavioral therapy.

In addition, an important area of conflict of interest in psychiatry in particular and in biomedical science in general is discussed, as this issue has reached prominence in the biomedical literature.

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