Psychosomatic Student Group RIGA
Psychosomatic Medicine is a branch of medicine that connects the health and illness with the emotional processes and social circumstances of the individual, thereby regarding the mind and the body as inseparable. It is often referred to as Behavioral Medicine or Psychosocial Medicine.
Though its scientific branch is rather young in terms of modern medicine, the concept of connecting internal and external processes of the psyche and social life to illness dates back as far the 11th century with Avicenna. Even Hippocrates suggested: “Patients may recover their health simply through their contentment with the goodness of the physician." Thus, emphasizing the doctor-patient relationship which M. Balint became famous for.
The emotional (mental) etiopathogenetical factors of illness are slowly gaining more and more attention in current medicine. A significant amount of the western population suffers from different emotional disturbances such as burn outs. Frequent visits to the General Practitioner due to unsettling emotions are quite common. Studies suggest social injustice to have a similar effect to health as chronic illness. As society becomes more aware of the increasing income gap and the frequent migration, Psychosomatic medicine deals with these psychosocial problems of everyday medicine.
We offer medical students the opportunity to learn about these important areas of everyday medicine. Students get acquainted with the biopsychosocial model of health. This WHO definition regards health as the physical and emotional wellbeing, as well as the biological nature of feelings and emotions, which play a relevant role in the etiopathogenesis of illness.
In 2016, Kamiar K. Rueckert founded the “Psychosomatic Student Group Riga” in order to establish a foundation for students to learn about emotions as well as the psychosocial component of illness. Meetings are held once a month and are free for every Riga Stradins University student to visit. This group is international subgroup of the Latvian Psychosomatic Group and an official English speaking university group. Sessions are held in cooperation with and at the Psihosomatikas Kliniks, Riga.