Clinical features research

Current Psychosomatic Practice: the relevance of well-being

Psychosomatic research has advanced over the past decades in dealing with complex biopsychosocial phenomena
and may provide new effective modalities of patient care.  Among psychosocial variables affecting individual vulnerability, course, and outcome of any medical disease, the role of chronic stress (allostatic overload) and well-being have emerged as a crucial factors.

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What the pursuit of well-being means to our brain

In the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics, Gregor Hasler (University of Bern) analyzes the neuroscientific implications of the pursuit of well-being. Promising findings show strong and lasting effects of currently available well-being therapy in severe psychiatric conditions such as major depressive disorder. This work encourages physicians to implement positive health promotion right now into clinical work. The Author is confident that current clinical insights and experiences along with a neurobiological understanding of positive health will provide us with novel and more effective well-being therapy options.

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