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Asked 15th Feb, 2013

How much counselling is being done in oral psychosomatic disorders?

How do dental professionals get trained to counsel patients with oral psychosomatic or somatoform disorders.

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20th Apr, 2013
Deepak Gupta
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana
That's absolutely correct Dr. Rooban. But to refer such patients for specific trained professionals, we need to access that whether those patients have relevant psychosomatic issues associated or not. That's what is required. Proper training of dental professionals is required so that they can effectively and efficiently access and diagnose such patients. As you have said, the training in psychology is already there in several dental curriculum's seen worldwide. The same must be instituted in indian dental curriculum too.
Kind regards,
Dr. Deepak Gupta
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27th Feb, 2013
David Murphy
University of Nottingham
None that I know of but it sounds very interesting. I'd be keen to explore the role of psychological therapies in physical health problems
28th Feb, 2013
Deepak Gupta
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana
Dear David
There is actually very important role of such therapies. Learn about psychoneuroimmunologic axis... you will get some idea..
28th Feb, 2013
David Murphy
University of Nottingham
Do you have any references that I could follow up?
28th Feb, 2013
Deepak Gupta
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana
Definitely i can provide you with references. just wait for some time. I will send it to you in case you want.
18th Apr, 2013
Rooban Thavarajah
Ragas Dental College
Yes. Counselling would help in certain cases.
As such dental curriculum in most of countries enables surgeons to identify psychosomatic issues and not treating them. Diagnosing a condition is different from treating. The final say, in my opinion rests with psychiatrist who shall decide whether the condition need to be treated with drugs or by counselling. In either case, i would prefer leaving such management to trained professionals rather than me engaging in unknown areas.
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20th Apr, 2013
Deepak Gupta
Maharishi Markandeshwar University, Mullana
That's absolutely correct Dr. Rooban. But to refer such patients for specific trained professionals, we need to access that whether those patients have relevant psychosomatic issues associated or not. That's what is required. Proper training of dental professionals is required so that they can effectively and efficiently access and diagnose such patients. As you have said, the training in psychology is already there in several dental curriculum's seen worldwide. The same must be instituted in indian dental curriculum too.
Kind regards,
Dr. Deepak Gupta
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