The Struggle For Life

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With case examples and step-by-step frameworks for intervention, the authors illustrate the challenges and solutions in establishing an effective ward-based psychotherapy service for renal dialysis and transplant patients. They describe clinical patterns of presentation and how psychotherapeutic intervention was refined over time in a clinically meaningful and evidence-based manner. Each chapter is focused on specific emotional disorders among renal patients.

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Overview

With case examples and step-by-step frameworks for intervention, the authors illustrate the challenges and solutions in establishing an effective ward-based psychotherapy service for renal dialysis and transplant patients. They describe clinical patterns of presentation and how psychotherapeutic intervention was refined over time in a clinically meaningful and evidence-based manner. Each chapter is focused on specific emotional disorders among renal patients.

The authors introduce the concept of loss of an imagined past' (aspirations and ambitions) never realized, or compromised, as a result of renal disease and as a major cause of post-transplant depression. Emotional issues which have received little prior attention in the literature—including substance abuse, eating disorders, gender disorders and emotional body image—are addressed in depth. Practical advise, including that against referencing the transplanted organ as a gift, is offered.

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LYNDSAY S. BAINES, Ph.D. is a medical sociologist and psychotherapist who implemented one of the first full time psychotherapy services for renal dialysis and transplant patients in the United Kingdom.

RAHUL M. JINDAL, M.D. is a transplant surgeon at South Dakota Renal Transplant Center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations ix
Series Preface xi
Preface xiii
1. Emotional Disorders, Psychotherapy, and Organ Transplantation 1
2. Medical Noncompliance: A Psychosocial Perspective 71
3. Loss, Bereavement, and Grief in Recipients of Kidney Transplants and Dialysis 123
4. Anxiety in Patients with Renal Disease and Transplants 149
5. Body Image, Phobic States, and Concept of Mind-Body in Patients with Renal Disease and Transplants 161
6. Integration of the Newly Acquired Organ and the Reconciliation of Any Newly Emerging Personality Traits 179
7. Gender Difference, Femininity, and Homosexuality in Renal Disease and Transplantation 201
8. Renal Disease and Eating Disorders 235
9. Alcohol Abuse among Dialysis and Transplant Patients 259
10. Race, Ethnicity, and Culture in Renal Failure and Kidney Transplantation 287
11. Live Organ Donation and the Psychotherapist 313
Conclusion 345
Index 347
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    As a Nephrologist and Transplant Physician, I found this book an interesting read. I recommended it to my nursing staff and the library. I found the chapters on group therapy very interesting as we plan to have a similar group in my clinic. I recommend this book to public libraries and medical libraries.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2005

    A good addition to the literature in transplantation

    This is one of the few books in dialysis and transplantation that is easy to read. Both patients and their families can read this book. The patient transcripts are particularly readable. I also liked the chapters on live kidney transplants and in future would like to see heart and liver transplants included in the book. I am sure there will be another edition of this book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2005

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I think there is a clear need for a book of this type. This book was easy to read for me as well as my family. My daughter received a kidney transplant a while ago. I wish I had read this book earlier, as many concepts became more clear after reading this book. I strongly recommend this book to other families and patients who have received a kidney or liver or heart transplant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I found this book simple and easy to read. It is certainly a new addition to the others books on psychology and health series. I am sure patients and physicians will find it helpful in coping with issues after transplantation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I believe that this book is good for patients and physicians as well. Covers all major issues in psychological and social areas of dialysis and kidney transplantation.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    This book will serve as a reference guide for patients and physicians. It deals with psychological and social problems that patients encounter before and after transplantation. The authors show how these can be effectively managed.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    This is an excellent addition to the literature on organ transplantation. It deals with an important area, which is frequently ignored by other authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I found that the authors have sympathetically discussed many issues relating to dialysis and transplantation. They have good insight into the problems facing patients on dialysis. I would recommend it to physicians and patients, even their carers.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I found the transcripts interesting. My son had a kidney transplant, and I thought I learnt something from the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2004

    Highly recommended for physicians, patients & their families

    I would recommend this book to physicians, patients and family members who are going through or have gone through the organ transplantation process. The psychological aspect of organ transplantation is often ignored throughout the transplant process. This book fills this void by focusing on the psychological factors and emotions associated with the disease process as well as the aftermath of the actual transplant.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I think patient support groups will benefit from having this book in their libraries. There are interesting transcripts and case reports.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2003

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    covers a lot of territory on psychological aspects of kidney transplantation and dialysis

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2004

    Struggle for Life: A Psychological Perspective of Kidney Disease and Transplantation

    I found this book interesting as it is written by a surgeon and psychologist. It gives a good insight into psychosocial issues facing patients on dialysis and transplantation. It would be nice to include liver and heart transplants in later editions.

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