Psychological Symptoms

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If you or someone you love is suffering from any of the following, you can now find out why—and what you can do about it …
  • Anxiety
  • Loss of pleasure
  • Irrational fears
  • Obsessional thoughts
  • Erratic mood swings
  • Procrastination
  • Compulsive overeating
  • Extreme shyness
  • Depression
  • Self-destructive behavior
  • Phobias
  • Excessive anger
  • Perfectionism
  • Drug abuse
Psychological Symptoms Now, in this indispensable reference, Dr. Frank J. Bruno helps you understand the origins of and treatment available for several common psychological symptoms, which can impinge on your daily life and even signal deeper emotional trouble. A comprehensive sourcebook, Psychological Symptoms provides a detailed description of 27 symptom groups, each complete with an analysis of possible biological and psychological causes, as well as concrete everyday examples of characteristic self-defeating, self-destructive thinking and acting. Containing over 150 specific, self-directed strategies for dealing with an array of troubling, debilitating behaviors, as well as a guide to the various forms of psychological and psychiatric therapies available, Psychological Symptoms lets you finally gain perspective and control over problems that can impair your emotional health and well-being.
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While not a conventional self-help book, this informative guide discusses 27 common behavioral difficulties that can threaten mental and emotional well-being. These include obvious syndromes like food abuse and irrational fear, as well as common problems such as anger, boredom, and procrastination, which can be serious if exhibited in chronic or excessive patterns. Each chapter focuses on a single psychological syndrome, providing its characteristics, probable causes, practical coping strategies, and possible need for professional intervention. This book provides assistance in understanding maladaptive habits and offers guidance in overcoming them. Recommended as a sound introduction for general psychology and self-help collections.-- Ilse Heidmann Ali, Kyle Community Lib., Tex.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471016106
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/9/1994
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 9.21 (w) x 6.14 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Suffering and Psychological Symptoms 1
Ch. 2 Alcohol Abuse: Mistreatment of the Self 7
Ch. 3 Alienation: "I Call No Place Home." 14
Ch. 4 Anger: Seeing Red When the Light Is Green 22
Ch. 5 Anxiety: Worrying About Worry 30
Ch. 6 Boredom: When Life Grows Dull 37
Ch. 7 Delusions: When Fantasies Become Real 44
Ch. 8 Depression: The Anatomy of Melancholy 52
Ch. 9 Drug Abuse: Recreational Self-Destruction 61
Ch. 10 Food Abuse: Living to Eat 69
Ch. 11 Helplessness: Is It Real or Learned? 77
Ch. 12 Indecisiveness: Going In Mental Circles 85
Ch. 13 Interpersonal Difficulties: "You Are My Problem!" 94
Ch. 14 Irrational Fears: A Plague of Phobias 102
Ch. 15 Loss of Pleasure: When Enjoyment Isn't Enjoyable 110
Ch. 16 Meaninglessness: Looking for the Purpose of Life 118
Ch. 17 Memory Problems: More Than Ordinary Forgetfulness 126
Ch. 18 Mood Fluctuations: The Storms of Temperament 135
Ch. 19 Obsessions and Compulsions: Of Persistent Ideas and Magic Rituals 143
Ch. 20 Perfectionism: The Flaw of Flawlessness 153
Ch. 21 Physical Complaints: Aches, Pains, and Fatigue 162
Ch. 22 Procrastination: The Tomorrow Syndrome 171
Ch. 23 Risk-Taking: Getting High on Danger 180
Ch. 24 Self-Destructiveness: When the Personality Attacks Itself 188
Ch. 25 Sexual Difficulties: "Now That You've Opened This Medusa's Box . . ." 197
Ch. 26 Shyness: Painful Self-Consciousness 209
Ch. 27 Sleep Difficulties: The Long and Restless Night 219
Ch. 28 Workaholism: Prisoners of Success 230
Ch. 29 Concluding Remarks: Symptom-Free Living 240
Glossary 246
Index 268
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