Somatoform and Factitious Disorders [NOOK Book]

Overview

Beset by contradictions, somatoform and factitious disorders have an unusually long, rich, and colorful historical and clinical tradition. Yet, some of them have received only scant empirical investigation.

This book offers a broad and scholarly synthesis of the current knowledge—and controversies—about somatoform and factitious disorders. Here you'll find up-to-date, clinically focused overviews of these intriguing and often difficult-to-treat disorders. Recognized experts ...

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Overview

Beset by contradictions, somatoform and factitious disorders have an unusually long, rich, and colorful historical and clinical tradition. Yet, some of them have received only scant empirical investigation.

This book offers a broad and scholarly synthesis of the current knowledge—and controversies—about somatoform and factitious disorders. Here you'll find up-to-date, clinically focused overviews of these intriguing and often difficult-to-treat disorders. Recognized experts present the latest findings along with insightful recommendations and illustrative case studies on somatization disorder, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, conversion disorder, and factitious disorders.

Both concise and thorough, this extensively annotated volume clarifies the issues surrounding these fascinating disorders and offers practical guidance and recommendations, highlighting the pressing need for further research to improve patient care. As such, it will prove compelling reading for practicing psychiatrists and other physicians in any clinical setting who want to better understand the baffling complexities of these distressing disorders.

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Reviewer: William Miles, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book, one in the 2001 Review of Psychiatry series, thoroughly reviews the somatoform and factitious disorders, discussing such topics as epidemiology, etiology/pathology, and treatment modalities for these syndromes.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a concise, thorough, and clinically-focused overview of somatoform and factitious disorders.
Audience: This book is targeted to practicing psychiatrists and other clinicians who want to better understand somatoform and factitious disorders. However, psychiatric residents would also find it invaluable reading. Although not intended for medical students, students who have an interest in these types of psychiatric disorders would also find it useful; it is not written at such a technical level that students would not understand it.
Features: The book is divided into five chapters: somatoform disorders, hypochondriasis, body dysmorphic disorder, conversion disorder, and factitious disorder. Each chapter discusses these syndromes in great detail, outlining such things as history, signs and symptoms, epidemiology, disease course, and treatment modalities. There are no illustrations, but none are needed. A thorough reference list follows each chapter. An index is provided at the end.
Assessment: This book makes for interesting and useful reading. In this age of psychopharmacology, second-messenger systems, and gene expression, it is refreshing to be reminded that there still exists in psychiatry several disorders that cannot be adequately explained by receptor dysregulation, nor easily treated with a simple prescription. Because these disorders are still commonly seen, it would behoove practicing psychiatrists to review them thoroughly; this book serves that function well.

5 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585628025
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 0.60 (w) x 0.90 (h) x 0.05 (d)
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Katherine A. Phillips, M.D., is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Brown University School of Medicine in Providence, Rhode Island. She is also Associate Medical Director of Ambulatory Care and Director of Body Dysmorphic Disorder at Butler Hospital in Providence.

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Table of Contents

Foreword. Somatization disorder. Hypochondriasis. Body dysmorphic disorder. Conversion disorder. Factitious disorders. Afterword. Index.

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