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Specific topics the text covers include: clinical manifestations, diagnostic and conceptual issues, classification, relationships with other disorders, assessment, epidemiology, economic aspects, course, outcome and treatment. Additionally, the book discusses patient-physician relationship in the context of hypochondriasis and health anxiety and presents cognitive, behavioral, interpersonal and psychodynamic models and treatments. The authors also address the neurobiological underpinnings of hypochondriasis and health anxiety and pharmacological treatment approaches.
Based on the extensive clinical experience of its authors, there are numerous case illustrations and practical examples of how to assess, understand and manage individuals presenting with disease preoccupations, health anxiety and/or beliefs that they are seriously ill. It approaches its subject from various perspectives and is a work of integration and critical thinking about an area often shrouded in controversy.
Introduction and key issues
Vladan Starcevic and Russell Noyes Jr.
Clinical manifestations of hypochondriasis and related conditions
Laura Sirri and Giovanni A. Fava
Diagnosis and classification of hypochondriasis
Justine N. Pannekoek and Dan J. Stein
Relationships with other psychopathology and differential diagnosis of hypochondriasis
Assessment of hypochondriasis and health anxiety
Susan Longley, Katherine Meyers, Rachel Maxwell and Letizia Boin
Epidemiological and economic aspects of hypochondriasis and health anxiety
Karl Looper and Philip Dickinson
Course and outcome of hypochondriasis and health anxiety
Russell Noyes Jr.
Management and physician-patient relationship in hypochondriasis
Russell Noyes Jr.
Cognitive and behavioral models and cognitive-behavioral and related therapies for health anxiety and hypochondriasis
Theo K. Bouman
Interpersonal psychotherapy for hypochondriasis and related disorders: an attachment-based approach
Psychodynamic models and therapeutic approaches to hypochondriasis
Don R. Lipsitt
Pharmacological treatment and neurobiology of hypochondriasis, illness anxiety and somatic symptoms
Kelli J. K. Harding and Brian A. Fallon