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Department of psychosomatic

Dr. med. Susanne Krebs
neurology, psychology

About the department

The department of psychosomatic at Academic Hospital zum Heiligen Geist Frankfurt am Main deals with the treatment of patients who suffer from psychological diseases and secondary illnesses that may occur against the background of psychological disorders. The department works according to a conflict-oriented psychoanalytic concept, including group dynamic, systemic and behavioural medical aspects. The focus is on processing the corresponding individual experience of the disease, personal coping with the illness, and the connection of life fate with the clinical picture. Treatment is either complete inpatient or in a day hospital. The department attaches great importance to an intensive cooperation and cooperation with resident physicians in the region, mainly since outpatient psychosomatic treatment often follows inpatient daycare or inpatient care.

The department's treatment spectrum includes all diseases in which mental and social factors are causally involved in provoking or maintaining the condition. The primary attention of the doctors is paid to the treatment of patients with internal psychosomatic diseases and personality disorders with physical complaints and inappropriate behaviour during illness, as well as complex therapy for chronic pain syndromes. Since 2006, the department has had the possibility of a three-week inpatient interdisciplinary multimodal pain treatment. Thanks to the psychoanalytic concept, patients receive intensive individual therapy, group therapy, creative and body therapy, relaxation techniques and referral assistance.

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Treatment and diagnostic focus of the department

Diagnosis:

  • Anxiety symptoms
  • Depressive symptoms
  • Obsessive-compulsive symptoms
  • Anorexia
  • Addiction to rice and vomiting (bulimia)
  • Binge eating
  • Noise in ears
  • Dizziness
  • Fainting
  • Respiratory failure
  • Gastrointestinal functional disorders
  • Frequent urination 
  • Sleep disorders
  • Sexual disorders
  • Psychogenic paralysis
  • Psychogenic convulsions

Diagnostic: 

  • Anamnesis 
  • A physical exam 
  • Laboratory tests 
  • A psychological evaluation 
  • Psychological tests 
  • Ultrasound examination
  • X-ray or CT 
  • Hormone panel 
  • Beck depression inventory test (a 21-question multiple-choice self-report inventory)
  • Patient health questionnaire 
  • Schizophrenia test and early psychosis indicator 
  • Dissociative experiences scale (a simple questionnaire widely used to screen for dissociative symptoms)

Treatment: 

  • Psychotherapy 
  • Medications 
  • Behaviour therapy 
  • Occupational therapy
  • Lifestyle changes 
  • Alternative medicine (acupuncture, yoga, meditation) 
  • Social support 
  • Brain stimulation therapy 
  • Eye movement desensitization therapy  
  • Physiotherapy
  • Other treatment options 
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