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Psychiatric Treatments and Specializations
What is "Consultation-Liaison Psychiatry/Psychosomatic Medicine?"
This is the field which exists at the intersection of Medicine and Psychiatry. It has existed in Medicine since approximately the 1930's, and is one of the most rapidly growing sub-specialty areas of Psychiatry.
The phrase "Psychosomatic Medicine" refers to the complicated and nuanced ways in which the mind and body interact, and specifically provides a more elegant way of understanding "illness" than a simplistic mind-body dualistic split.
This field includes both consultation and liaison relationships, such that the Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist works closely with your other physicians and providers in cardiology, oncology (cancer), hematology, surgery, general medicine, and other medical specialties and subspecialties.
One of the most rapidly growing areas of this sub-specialty field is in outpatient clinical practice, with the Consultation-Liaison psychiatric physician closely collaborating with primary care and specialist physicians in the community, in order to optimize the care and attention you receive as a patient within the community.
This can also include collaborating closely with your other mental health providers, even if you are already in therapy and looking for medication management.