Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders: Refining the Research Agenda for DSM-V

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Sometimes described as "the nemesis of the primary care physician," somatoform disorders are frustrating, expensive to treat, and under-investigated. Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders provides a fascinating and practical review of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this ill-defined category of disease. Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders summarizes the proceedings of a unique international conference that convened experts from across disciplines to review perspectives on somatoform ...

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Overview

Sometimes described as "the nemesis of the primary care physician," somatoform disorders are frustrating, expensive to treat, and under-investigated. Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders provides a fascinating and practical review of the epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment of this ill-defined category of disease. Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders summarizes the proceedings of a unique international conference that convened experts from across disciplines to review perspectives on somatoform disorders. The broad range of experience and specialization results in a compendium that addresses both theoretical and practical issues presented in somatoform disorders. For the researcher, the book offers a thorough and critical overview of the research landscape, surveying and synthesizing the available literature from around the world on all aspects of the disorder. Acknowledging the unique challenges presented in studying such a heterogeneous collection of disorders, the authors identify specific gaps in the research literature. Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders also addresses controversial issues of nosology in advance of the publication of DSM-V.

Despite its utility for researchers, the book primarily serves as an invaluable reference and resource for the practitioner. Organized with the clinician in mind, Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders surveys the latest data on phenomenology; etiology and clinical course; and treatment options. Unlike other literature on this difficult topic, the authors thoroughly explore the entire range of this category of disorders, including conversion disorder, chronic pain and fatigue, and the multitude of presentations of medically unexplained symptoms. Aimed at both primary care and mental health practitioners, the book addresses crucial issues for effective diagnosis and treatment, including: • Comorbidity and association with anxiety and depressive disorders• Unique insights into cultural factors affecting the presentation and treatment of somatic disorders around the globe• The prevalence of misdiagnosis, and contemporary diagnostic tools and techniques to help avoid a missed organic diagnosis• The complicated interrelationship of somatoform disorders and substance abuse• The efficacy of various treatment modalities, including pharmacology and cognitive behavioral therapy• Collaboration between primary care and mental health providers to maximize treatment outcomes

Comprehensive, thoughtful, and up-to-date, Somatic Presentations of Mental Disorders is a must-have both for researchers in the field and for clinicians with somatizing patients.

American Psychiatric Publishing

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Reviewer: Heather Huang, MD (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health)
Description: This book summarizes the proceedings of a multidisciplinary, international conference on somatoform disorders (Beijing, September 2006).
Purpose: The purpose is to survey the "latest research on phenomenology; etiology and clinical course; and treatment options" of "the entire range of this category of disorders, including conversion disorder, chronic pain and fatigue, and the multitude of presentations of medically unexplained symptoms."
Audience: The book is intended for any clinician involved in the treatment of somatizing patients. This collection of papers is written by "international experts from different backgrounds."
Features: The papers cover a wide range of topics important to somatoform disorders including research on phenomenology, etiology and clinical course, and treatment options. The papers raise important conceptual questions when dealing with the current nosology of somatoform disorders and they draw on current literature and research on treatment and epidemiology. The book is largely text, but it does contain occasional relevant tables, charts, and figures.
Assessment: The useful book touches upon the difficult and frustrating aspects of defining, diagnosing, and treating somatoform disorders. It raises intellectually stimulating questions regarding definitions, etiology, and diagnoses and it concisely summarizes the current literature on treatment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780890423424
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/2/2009
  • Pages: 206
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D., is Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego in San Diego, California.

Yu Xin, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at the Peking University Institute of Mental Health in Beijing, China.

Arthur Kleinman, M.D., is the Victor and William Fung Director of Harvard University Asia Center; the Esther and Sidney Rabb Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Anthropology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University; and Professor of Medical Anthropology and Professor of Psychiatry in the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Vikram Patel, Ph.D., is Professor of International Mental Health and Wellcome Trust Senior Clinical Research Fellow in Tropical Medicine at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine in London, England.

William E. Narrow, M.D., M.P.H., is Associate Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and of the Division of Research of the American Psychiatric Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Paul J. Sirovatka, M.S., was Director of Research Policy Analysis at the Division of Research and American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education at the American Psychiatric Association in Arlington, Virginia.

Darrel A. Regier, M.D., M.P.H., is Executive Director of the American Psychiatric Institute for Research and Education and Director of Division of Research at the American Psychiatric Association in Arlington, Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Evolution of psychosomatic diagnosis in DSM. Introduction. Epidemiology of the association between somatoform disorders and anxiety and depressive disorders. The association or otherwise of the functional somatic syndromes. Cultural models and somatic syndromes. Influence of cultural and social factors on the epidemiology of idiopathic somatic complaints and syndromes. Are somatoform disorders changing with time? A biological substrate for somatoform disorders. Somatoform and substance use disorders. Stability of somatoform symptoms. What is the evidence for the efficacy of treatments for somatoform disorders? Are treatments for common mental disorders also effective for functional symptoms and disorder? Efficacy of treatment of somatoform disorders. The evidence for treatments for somatoform disorders. Index.

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