Hypochondriasis: Modern Perspectives on an Ancient Malady

Hardcover | January 15, 2001

EditorVladan Starcevic, Don R. Lipsitt

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Hypochondriasis remains controversial, despite its 2000-year history. Although it is considered a mental disorder, hypochondriasis is often regarded as a defense mechanism, peculiar cognitive/ perceptual style, means of nonverbal communication, response to stress, abnormal illness behavior,personality trait, distinct personality disturbance, and part of other mental disorders. Disagreements about etiology and pathogenesis of hypochondriasis go hand in hand with disagreements about its treatment. this book fills the need for a modern, balanced, in-depth, and integrative overview ofhypochondriasis as a mental disorder with diverse manifestations. Written by world experts and from different perspectives, it aims to be a state-of-the-art text, demonstrating how the current concepts of hypochondriasis are linked with its rich history, critically examining diagnostic and nosologicissues and suggesting ways of overcoming the conceptual obstacles, describing current views on the etiology, pathogenesis and psychopathology, presenting main treatment approaches, and providing treatment guidelines. This book is intended for both practicing clinicians and researchers. An importantresource for all psychiatrists, primary care physicians, clinical psychologists, and other mental health professionals, it will also be of interest for psychiatry residents, medical students, graduate students in clinical psychology, and lay public.

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Hypochondriasis remains controversial, despite its 2000-year history. Although it is considered a mental disorder, hypochondriasis is often regarded as a defense mechanism, peculiar cognitive/ perceptual style, means of nonverbal communication, response to stress, abnormal illness behavior,personality trait, distinct personality distur...

Vladen Starcevic is at University of Newcastle. Don R. Lipsitt is at Harvard Medical School.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:January 15, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195126769

ISBN - 13:9780195126761

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IntroductionPART I: CLINICAL AND DIAGNOSTIC CONSIDERATIONS1. German E. Berrios: Hypochondriasis: History of the Concept2. Vladen Starcevic: Clinical Features and Diagnosis of Hypochondriasis3. Anne E.M. Speckens: Assessment of Hypochondriasis4. Giovanni A. Fava and Lara Mangelli: Hypochondriasis and Anxiety Disorders5. Michael Hollifield: Hypochondriasis and Personality Disturbance6. Russell Noyes, Jr.: Epidemiology of Hypochondriasis7. Laurence J. Kirmayer and karl J. Looper: Hypochondriasis in Primary CarePART II: THEORETICAL AND ETIOLOGIC ASPECTS8. Don R. Lipsitt: Psychodynamic Perspectives on Hypochondriasis9. Paul M. Salkovskis and Hilary M.C. Warwick: Meaning, Misinterpretations and Medicine: A Cognitive-Behavioral Approach to Understanding Health Anxiety and Hypochondriasis10. Arthur J. Barsky: Somatosensory Amplification and Hypochondriasis11. Issy Pilowsky: Hypochondriasis, Abnormal Illness Behavior and Social ContextPART III: TREATMENT CONSIDERATIONS12. Don R. Lipsitt: The Patient-Physician Relationship in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis13. Vladen Starcevic: Reassurance in the Treatment of Hypochondriasis14. Hilary M.C. Warwick and Paul M. Salkovskis: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment of Hypochondriasis15. Brian A. Fallon: Pharmacologic Strategies for HypochondriasisEPILOGUEDon R. Lipsitt and Vladen Starcevic: Coda, Don R. LipsittAppendices

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"an excellent, balanced, and sober approach to this complicated problem. Overall, the text presents a comprehensive view of the current state of knowledge about hypochondriasis as well as some specific recommendations for the future directions of research in the field. I would certainlyendorse the book as required reading for consultation-liason psychiatry fellowships and perhaps some sections for primary care residency programs."--Psychiatric Services