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TitlePsychosomatic Disorders [electronic resource] / edited by Benjamin B. Wolman
ImprintBoston, MA : Springer US : Imprint: Springer, 1988
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Descript 326 p. online resource


This volume is an encyclopedic book on psychosomatic disorders, written for neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, psychiatric social workers, and other mental and physical health professionals. It could be used as a textbook in advanced training programs for the above-mentioned profesยญ sions. It covers the entire field of mind-body issues in psychology and psychiatry and related areas of clinical medicine. The mind-body relationship is a two-way street. Anxiety, fear, anger, and other emotional states can produce physiological changes such as tears, elevated heart rate, and diarrhea. When these changes affect one's health, they belong to the province of psychosomatic medicine. On the other hand, the intake of alcohol and other substances can affect such psychologยญ ical processes as thinking and mood. When the intake of substances is helpful, they belong to the province of psychopharmacology. The substances that are hurtful and adversely affect one's mental health belong to the category of addictions and drug abuse. All these issues are somatopsychic. The present volume does not deal with somatopsychic phenomena no matter what effect they may have. It deals with the physical effects of psychological issues, and only with those that cause harm to the human body. Thus, it describes and analyzes psychosomatic disorders. It is divided into four major parts: theoretical viewpoints, etiological considerations, the psychosomatic diseases, and treatment methods


I. Foundations -- 1. Conceptual Framework -- 2. Historical Overview -- 3. Psychoanalysis -- 4. Neurophysiological Approach -- 5. The Immune System -- 6. Monistic Transitionism -- II. Etiological Considerations -- 7. Stress -- 8. Conditioned Reflexes -- 9. Sociocultural Determinants -- 10. Parents and Children -- 11. Personality Types -- III. The Disorders -- 12. Hypochondriasis -- 13. Asthma -- 14. Gastrointestinal Diseases -- 15. Cardiovascular Diseases -- 16. Skin Diseases -- 17. Psychosomatic Aspects of Cancer -- 18. Pain -- 19. Psychosomatic Issues in Sexuality and Gynecology -- 20. Psychosomatic Issues in Diabetes, Arthritis, Thyroid Diseases, Muscular Tensions, and Infectious Diseases -- 21. Psychosomatic Issues in Mental Disorders -- 22. Mental Disorders: Schizophrenia -- IV. Treatment Methods -- 23. Basic Premises -- 24. Differential Diagnosis -- 25. Psychoanalytic Methods -- 26. Behavior Therapy -- 27. Interactional Psychotherapy -- 28. Biofeedback, Autogenic Therapy, Meditation, and Hypnosis -- 29. Coping -- Author Index

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