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Psychosomatic Approach in Medicine

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Official data in SubjectManager for the following academic year: 2019-2020

Course director

Dr. István TIRINGER (, assistant professor

Department of Behavioural Sciences

Subject data

Code of subject: OAE-PSA-T  |  2 credit  |  General Medicine |  Elective module  |  autumn

Prerequisites: OAP-MT5-T completed

Number of hours/semester

0 lectures + 0 practices + 24 seminars = total of 24 hours

Course headcount limitations

min. 5 – max. 25 person


Psychosomatic medicine examines the definition, constructs, and dilemmas that confront professionals working at the interface of medicine and psychiatry, psychosomatic medicine, and consultation-liaison psychiatry. Psychosomatic medicine can be described as well as the subspecialty of psychiatry that focuses on medical and psychiatric comorbidity.
The course is intended to define key problems of psychosomatic medicine and provides methods of diagnosis and treatment.




  • 1. Introduction
  • 2. Introduction
  • 3. Stress and Disease
  • 4. Stress and Disease
  • 5. Psychological Responses to Illness
  • 6. Psychological Responses to Illness
  • 7. Depression
  • 8. Depression
  • 9. Anxiety Disorders
  • 10. Anxiety Disorders
  • 11. Somatization and Somatoform Disorders
  • 12. Somatization and Somatoform Disorders
  • 13. Heart Disease
  • 14. Heart Disease
  • 15. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • 16. Gastrointestinal Disorders
  • 17. Oncology
  • 18. Oncology
  • 19. Pain
  • 20. Pain
  • 21. Palliative Care, Hospice, and Care of the Dying
  • 22. Palliative Care, Hospice, and Care of the Dying
  • 23. Practitioner Well-being
  • 24. Practitioner Well-being

Reading material

Obligatory literature

Ayers, de Visser: Psychology for Medicine. Section III. SAGE Publications, London, 2011

Literature developed by the Department

Neptun MeetStreet



Recommended literature

Kurt Ackerman, Andrea Dimartini: Psychosomatic Medicine. Oxford University Press (2015)

Conditions for acceptance of the semester

Presenting the basic aspects of an optional psychosomatic disorder
Absence: max. 15% of seminars
Examination: Multiple Choice Test

Mid-term exams


Making up for missed classes


Exam topics/questions

History of Psychosomatic Medicine
Psychophysiology and psychoneuroimmunology
Mood Disorders and Insomnia in the General Medical Setting
Anxiety in the General Medical Setting
Somatic Symptom and Related Disorders
Cardiovascular Disease
Gastrointestinal Disease
Pulmonary Disease
Pain and Palliative Care
Strategies to Improve Coping and Manage Maladaptive Behaviors in the General Medical Setting
Psychotherapy in the General Medical Setting


Instructor / tutor of practices and seminars

  • Dr. Tiringer István