The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes: Neurobiology and Illness Behavior in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Gulf War Illness, Irrit

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Learn how a patient's behavior can factor into the prognosis of medically unexplainable illness! The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes examines the link between mental illness and physical syndromes that lack organic disease explanations, including chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, premenstrual syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and Gulf War illness. The book examines the best research work of the past 20 years to determine the association between psychopathology and functional illness, the biological gradient between somatic and psychological symptoms, and the manifestations of dysfunctional coping. It challenges recent conceptualizations of functional somatic syndromes as mental disorders connected to affective spectrum disorder, chronic somatizing, serotonin deficiency, physical inactivity, and/or abnormal illness behavior. The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes explores observations on the neurobiology and the personality abnormalities of patients made from structured data collected over a period of several years. It describes modern perceptions of functional somatic syndromes and how they have evolved into a tightly knit family of self-standing syndromes with a common core. The book examines the correlation between the burden of psychopathology and the physical features of these illnesses; reviews advances made in the appraisal of the neuroanatomy, neuropsychology, and neurochemistry of functional syndromes; and focuses on the connection between measurable dimensions of personality, coping, and illness behavior and the prognosis of medically unexplainable illnesses. The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes also examines: psychiatric morbidity brain perfusion post-traumatic stress in Gulf War illness the spectrum of mood disorders the hypothalamatic-pituitary-adrenal axis the sexual victimization of patients and much more! The Psychopathology of Functional Somatic Syndromes is an

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Reviewer: Brett C. Plyler, M.D.(Northwestern Memorial Hospital)
Description: This book examines the neurobiology and behavior patterns associated with chronic fatigue syndrome, fibromyalgia, Gulf War illness, irritable bowel syndrome, and premenstrual dysphoria.
Purpose: The purpose is to demonstrate that these illnesses are the result of somatizing behavior and personality disorders.
Audience: This book is written for any clinician who regularly treats patients with functional somatic syndromes.
Features: Initially, the book covers the symptoms present in each illness and how closely linked they are. This is followed by a review of the literature on the neurobiological aspects of each illness and how this compares to other psychiatric disorders. Finally, the author focuses on each illness and how the symptoms can be accounted for by poor coping mechanisms and personality abnormalities.
Assessment: This is an excellent contribution to the field of medicine. The functional somatic syndromes can be difficult and frustrating to evaluate and treat. This book reviews all of the relevant literature and neurobiological research for these illnesses to give the reader an in-depth understanding of each. He further draws a distinction between these illnesses and other major psychiatric disorders and challenges the concept of these problems as being primarily a result of neurochemical dysfunction. This in turn prepares you to understand how a person's personality issues, coping skills, and life situations can result in one of the functional somatic syndromes. He specifically addresses the importance of abnormal illness behavior, sexual victimization, and maladaptive coping in the formation of these illnesses.
From The Critics
Perhaps THE MOST COMPREHENSIVE TEXT EVER WRITTEN on the functional somatic syndromes. Easy reading and immensely informative, this book is A MUST FOR ALL PRIMARY CARE PHYSICIANS AND MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS. I can think of no better or more enjoyable way to learn about these fascinating, complex, and extremely common disorders.
MD, Editor, International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine; Author of Chronic Pain: Biomedical and Spiritual Approaches; Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine, Duke University Medical Center
John DeLuca
COMPREHENSIVE AND INFORMATIVE. . . . Dr. Manu makes a compelling argument that the overlapping symptoms among several 'medically unexplained illnesses' are a reflection of a functional somatic syndorme. This book is ESSENTIAL READING for students of mind-body and illness, no matter where they sit on the controversial spectrum of the 'functional' versus 'biological' debate surrounding these illnesses.
PhD, Director of Neuroscience Research, Kessler Medical Rehabilitation Research and Education Corporation; Professor, UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789012593
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2004
  • Pages: 314
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Part I. The Clinical Manifestations of Functional Syndromes
  • Chapter 1. The Modern Conceptualization of Unexplained Symptoms
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Gulf War Illness
  • Chapter 2. A Tight-Knit Family of Syndromes
  • Part II. Psychiatric Morbidity in Functional Somatic Illness
  • Chapter 3. Depression and Somatization in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Mood Disorders and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Somatization Disorder and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Psychopathology and Chronic Fatigue: Environmental or Genetic Covariation?
  • Chapter 4. Somatization and Depression in Fibromyalgia
  • Chapter 5. The Spectrum of Mood Disorders Associated with Premenstrual Dysphoria
  • Chapter 6. Anxiety, Depression, and Somatization in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chapter 7. Somatization and Posttraumatic Stress in Gulf War Illness
  • Part III. The Psychobiology of Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Chapter 8. Neuroanatomy and Brain Perfusion in Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Magnetic Resonance and Single Photon Emission Imaging in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Cerebral Perfusion in Fibromyalgia
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Premenstrual Brain Volume
  • Functional Magnetic Resonance in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Magnetic Resonance and Single Photon Emission Tomography in Gulf War Syndrome
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 9. Neuropsychological Deficits in Functional Somatic Illness
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Gulf War Illness
  • Chapter 10. The Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Functional Somatic Illness
  • Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis Dysfunction in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • The Reactivity of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Fibromyalgia
  • Cortisol Levels in Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Assessment of the Hypothalamic-Pituitary-Adrenal Axis in Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Chapter 11. The Serotonin Metabolism in Functional Somatic Illness
  • Serotonergic Neurotransmission in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Serotonin Metabolism in Fibromyalgia
  • Serotonergic Function in Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Part IV. Abnormal Personality and Illness Behavior in Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Chapter 12. Abnormal Personality in Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Gulf War Illness
  • Conclusion
  • Chapter 13. The Sexual Victimization of Patients with Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Chapter 14. Somatic Attributions in Functional Illness
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Premenstrual Syndrome
  • Chapter 15. Maladaptive Coping in Functional Somatic Syndromes
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • References
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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