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Behavioral Medicine/Presurgical Evaluation


Behavioral medicine is the interface between psychology and physical health. It is based on the premise that a person's behavior can affect physical health, and a person's physical health affects one's behavior. Dr. Kyle Cushing has training and experience in the evaluation and treatment of behavioral medicine patients. Such patients often seek consultation for the following reasons:

  • Bariatric Presurgical Psychological Assessment
  • Pain Management
  • Chronic Headaches
  • Stress Reduction
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Weight Loss
  • Psychosomatic Disorders

The purpose of a presurgical (e.g., bariatric) psychological assessment—often required by the patient's surgeon or insurance company—is to determine if the patient is ready to take on the postsurgical lifestyle changes (e.g., required for weight loss and maintenance) safely and to help him/her become an optimal surgical candidate. Alternatively, the purpose of this assessment is to identify risks that can make such surgery unsafe for a patient and to formulate a treatment plan to increase his/her chances of postoperative success.

In regards to pain, according to the American Pain Association, pain is the "leading public health problem in this country...[and] results in more than 50 million lost workdays each year." Pain management options may include both pharmacological and psychological treatment. By working together, health professionals can identify underlying causes of pain and strive to release the stress and tensions that often exacerbate the experience of pain.

For more information, or to schedule an initial consultation, please contact Dr. Cushing by phone or email.