Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface: Exploring the Curious Domain of the Psychosomatic Disorders

Author(s) : Richard Kradin

Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface: Exploring the Curious Domain of the Psychosomatic Disorders

Book Details

  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Published : 2012
  • Cover : Hardback
  • Pages : 192
  • Category :
    Clinical Psychology
  • Catalogue No : 33405
  • ISBN 13 : 9780415877503
  • ISBN 10 : 0415877504
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Patients suffering from psychosomatic disorders represent a formidable challenge. Psychosomatic disorders are common, and account for substantial personal discomfort, unnecessary medical expenditures, socioeconomic loss, and disability. They are challenging to diagnose, treat, and are rarely completely cured. Furthermore, they often provoke strong negative reactions from family, friends, and caregivers, who are unable to fathom their inconsistencies. Currently, little is known as to how they develop or why their symptoms tend to transform over time. In Pathologies of the Mind/Body Interface, Richard Kradin, a medical internist, pulmonologist, and psychoanalyst at a large Harvard hospital, examines the historical, philosophical, cultural, psychological, and neurobiological factors that contribute to the development of psychosomatic disorders. He focuses on the role that developmental stress and attachment disorders appear to play in increasing the risk of developing psychosomatic symptoms, and advises medical practitioners and psychologists on how to diagnose and treat them. Dr. Kradin suggests areas of importance for future medical and psychological research into the causes and treatments of these debilitating disorders.

About the Author(s)

Richard Kradin Ph.D. is Associate Professor at Harvard Medical School and member of the Departments of Medicine and the Center for Psychoanalytic Studies at the Massachusetts General Hospital. A Jungian analyst, he is also trained in neo-Freudian psychoanalytic psychotherapy. He is a supervising analyst and teaches courses on dream interpretation to psychotherapists and candidates in psychoanalysis. His major interests include psychosomatic disorders and he is recipient of the Gradiva Award by the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis for best paper in psychoanalysis, The Psychosomatic Symptom and the Self (1997).

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