Turkish Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 2010 , Vol 56 , Num 1

The Liaison Psychiatry Perspective on Temporomandibular Joint Disorders

Sedat Özkan 1 ,Mine Özkan 2
1 İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Fiziksel Tıp ve Rehabilitasyon Anabilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
2 İstanbul Üniversitesi İstanbul Tıp Fakültesi, Psikiyatri Anabilim Dalı Konsültasyon Liyezon Psikiyatrisi Bilim Dalı, İstanbul, Türkiye
DOI : 10.4274/tftr.56.E49

This article aimed to explain temporomandibular joint dysfunctions from the liaison psychiatric point of view and clarify the psychological factors in the etiology of temporomandibular joint disorders (TJD). In addition, psychiatric treatment principles are discussed, as well as etiological factors and psychiatric disorders in the light of the international and national studies. Anxiety, depression and somatization are frequent in TJD patients. As all psychosomatic disorders, TJD should be treated from a holistic perspective. It is important to focus on the individual rather than the disease in the treatment of these patients.

Keywords : Temporomandibular joint dysfunctions, liaison psychiatry perspective, biopsychosocial approach