Howard Schubiner MD

Talk Description

Hidden in Plain Sight: Diagnosis and treatment of PPD

The most common disorders seen by primary care providers are headaches, neck and back pain, irritable bowel and bladder syndromes, insomnia and fatigue. Studies have shown that the majority of these patients do not have a structural diagnosis, yet billions are spent on attempts to treat them as purely physical disorders. In addition, there is the potential for significant adverse effects of medical treatments for disorders that do not have a structural, organic basis.

This lecture will introduce the concept of psychophysiologic disorders (PPDs) and review the evidence for the underlying basis for them. Dr. Schubiner will provide an algorithm for physicians and therapists to differentiate between structural disorders and PPDs. He will also discuss the basics of the treatment of PPD, including educational, cognitive, behavioral, and emotion focused interventions. Finally he will present some recent research findings on treatment.


Howard Schubiner is board certified in paediatrics and internal medicine, and is the Director of the Mind Body Medicine Center at Providence Hospital in Southfield, MI. He is also a Clinical Professor at Wayne State University School of Medicine and Michigan State University. He has authored more than sixty publications in scientific journals and books, and has given more than 250 lectures to scientific audiences regionally, nationally, and internationally.

Dr. Schubiner has consulted for the American Medical Association, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the National Institute on Mental Health. He is a senior teacher of mindfulness meditation and is currently conducting NIH-sponsored research on fibromyalgia. His book ‘Unlearn Your Pain’ contains a comprehensive guide to healing mind body disorders. Dr. Schubiner published ‘Unlearn Your Anxiety and Depression’ in 2014 and is on the Board of Directors of the Psychophysiologic Disorders Association (PPDA). He has been included on the list of the Best Doctors in America since 2003. He lives in the Detroit area with his wife of thirty-four years and has two adult children.

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