Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady / Edition 1

Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady / Edition 1

by Vladan Starcevic
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195126769

ISBN-13: 9780195126761

Pub. Date: 02/28/2001

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Hypochondriasis remains controversial, despite its 2000-year history. Although it is considered a mental disorder, hypochondriasis is often regarded as a defense mechanism, peculiar cognitive/ perceptual style, means of nonverbal communication, response to stress, abnormal illness behavior, personality trait, distinct personality disturbance, and part of other

Overview

Hypochondriasis remains controversial, despite its 2000-year history. Although it is considered a mental disorder, hypochondriasis is often regarded as a defense mechanism, peculiar cognitive/ perceptual style, means of nonverbal communication, response to stress, abnormal illness behavior, personality trait, distinct personality disturbance, and part of other mental disorders. Disagreements about etiology and pathogenesis of hypochondriasis go hand in hand with disagreements about its treatment. this book fills the need for a modern, balanced, in-depth, and integrative overview of hypochondriasis as a mental disorder with diverse manifestations. Written by world experts and from different perspectives, it aims to be a state-of-the-art text, demonstrating how the current concepts of hypochondriasis are linked with its rich history, critically examining diagnostic and nosologic issues and suggesting ways of overcoming the conceptual obstacles, describing current views on the etiology, pathogenesis and psychopathology, presenting main treatment approaches, and providing treatment guidelines. This book is intended for both practicing clinicians and researchers. An important resource for all psychiatrists, primary care physicians, clinical psychologists, and other mental health professionals, it will also be of interest for psychiatry residents, medical students, graduate students in clinical psychology, and lay public.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195126761
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
02/28/2001
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.30(d)

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Table of Contents

Introduction
PART I: CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC CONSIDERATIONS
1. Hypochondriasis: History of the Concept, German E. Berrios
2. Clinical Features and Diagnosis of Hypochondriasis, Vladen Starcevic
3. Assessment of Hypochondriasis, Anne E.M. Speckens
4. Hypochondriasis and Anxiety Disorders, Giovanni A. Fava and Lara Mangelli
5. Hypochondriasis and Personality Disturbance, Michael Hollifield
6. Epidemiology of Hypochondriasis, Russell Noyes, Jr.
7. Hypochondriasis in Primary Care, Laurence J. Kirmayer and karl J. Looper
PART II: THEORETICAL AND ETIOLOGIC ASPECTS
8. Psychodynamic Perspectives on Hypochondriasis, Don R. Lipsitt
9. Meaning, Misinterpretations and Medicine: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Understanding Health Anxiety and Hypochondriasis, Paul M. Salkovskis and Hilary M.C. Warwick
10. Somatosensory Amplification and Hypochondriasis, Arthur J. Barsky
11. Hypochondriasis, Abnormal Illness Behavior and Social Context, Issy Pilowsky
PART III: TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS
12. The Patient-Physician Relationship in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis, Don R. Lipsitt
13. Reassurance in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis, Vladen Starcevic
14. Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Hypochondriasis, Hilary M.C. Warwick and Paul M. Salkovskis
15. Pharmacologic Strategies for Hypochondriasis, Brian A. Fallon
EPILOGUE Don R. Lipsitt and Vladen Starcevic
Coda, Don R. Lipsitt
Appendices

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