It is increasingly recognized that psychological factors play a paramount role in the development and expression of physical symptoms including chronic pain. Mind-body Syndrome (MBS), a collection of commonly experienced physical symptoms caused by patterns of neurological response to stress and emotional reactions to stressful situations, provides an evidence-based framework for understanding the impact of psychological factors on physical symptoms. Dr. Howard Schubiner, MD, a pioneer in the field of Mind-Body medicine discusses the characteristics, mechanism and risk-factors for MBS, personality features that may be linked to MBS, the process of acculturating clients to the MBS model, the impact of cultural narratives on the development and expression of MBS symptoms, the treatment of MBS, and finally, considerations around medication in the context of MBS. Listeners of this episode will definitely want to check out our previous podcast with Dr. Allan Abbass, where we explore in-depth Intensive Short-Term Dynamic Therapy - a form of psychotherapy that has proven particularly effective with respect to treating MBS.
Dr. Howard Schubiner is board-certified in pediatrics, adolescent medicine, and internal medicine. He was a full Professor at Wayne State University for 18 years and now works at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is a fellow in the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the Society for Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Schubiner is known as a national expert in ADHD in adolescents and adults as well as mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. He has authored over 60 publications in scientific journals and books and performed research in the fields of adolescent health, ADHD and stress reduction. Dr. Schubiner is on the Editorial Boards of the Journal of Adolescent Health and the Journal of Attention Disorders. He has given over 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally and internationally on topics related to adolescent medicine, ADHD, and stress reduction. He has been granted funds to conduct research studies of over several million dollars in total. Dr. Schubiner is the founder and director of the Mind Body Medicine Program at Providence Hospital. This program uses the most current research methodologies to treat individuals who suffer from the Mind Body Syndrome (MBS) or Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) as described by Dr. John Sarno. Dr. Schubiner has created a program that uses both meditative and cutting edge psychological techniques to help individuals with chronic conditions, such as fibromyalgia, whiplash, back and neck pain, myofascial pain, TMJ syndrome, tension and migraine headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, irritable bladder syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, and other related conditions.