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Health Anxiety: Clinical and Research Perspectives on Hypochondriasis and Related Conditions

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Health Anxiety: Clinical and Research Perspectives on Hypochondriasis and Related Conditions

Gordon J.G. Asmundson (Editor), Steven Taylor (Editor), Brian J. Cox (Editor)

ISBN: 978-0-470-84820-3 December 2001 440 Pages

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Recent years have seen major advances in the understanding andtreatment of health anxiety and hypochondriasis, particulary inrelation to the cognitive behavioural approach to anxiety. Thisvolume brings together this knowledge of psychological andpharmacological treatments of health anxiety, and relates it to aconceptual framework which provides a basis for assessment,treatment and ongoing research.

"Asmundson, Taylor and Cox have assembled a group of world classscientists and practitioners for this book. The chapters provide awealth of information on the causes, assessment and treatment ofhealth anxiety related disorders. I believe that their book is themost significant contribution to date to our understanding ofhealth anxiety related disorders. Everyone working in the healthfield will find something of worth in this book."
G. Ron Norton, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus, University of Winnipeg,Canada
About the Editors.

List of Contributors.

Foreword: Professor S. Rachman.

Preface.

Acknowledgments.

PART I: CLINICAL FEATURES AND THEORETICAL PERSPECTIVES.

1. Health Anxiety: Classification and Clinical Features (Gordon J.G. Asmundson, Steven Taylor, Serperi Sevgur, and Brian J.Cox).

2. The Psychology of Physical Symptoms and Illness Behavior (ReneMartin, Katherine Lemos, and Howard Leventhal).

3. Making Sense of Hypochondriasis: A Cognitive Theory of HealthAnxiety (Paul M. Salkovskis and Hillary Warwick).

4. Personality Traits and Health Anxiety (Erin McClure and Scott O.Lilienfeld).

PART II: ASSESSMENT AND TREATMENT.

5. Assessment of Health Anxiety (Sherry Stewart and Margo C.Watt).

6. Hypochondriasis: Boundaries and Comorbidities (Russell Noyes,Jr.).

7. Integrated Approach to Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for IntenseIllness Worries (Patricia Furer, John R. Walker, and Mark H.Freeston).

8. Pharmacological Management of Hypochondriasis and RelatedDisorders (Murray W. Enns, Kevin Kjernisted, and MarkLander).

9. General and Cross-Cultural Considerations in a Medical Settingfor Patients Presenting with Medically Unexplained Symptoms (JavierI. Escobar, Lesley A. Allen, Constanza Hoyos Nervi, and Michael A.Gara).

10. Hypochondriasis and Health Anxiety in the Elderly (Allison G.Snyder and Melinda A. Stanley).

PART III: RELATED CONDITIONS.

11. Heart-focussed Anxiety in Medical and Anxiety-relatedPsychological Conditions (Georg H. Eifert, Michael J. Zvolensky,and Carl W. Lejuez).

12. Hypochondriasis and Health Anxiety among Pain Patients (HeatherD. Hadjistavropoulos, Katherine M. B. Owens, ThomasHadjistavropoulos, and Gordon J. G. Asmundson).

13. Psychotic Disorders with Hypochondriacal Features: Delusions ofthe Soma (David Kingdon, Shanaya Rathod, and DouglasTurkington).

14. Death Anxiety (Robert J. Kastenbaum).

PART IV: CONCLUSIONS AND FUTURE DIRECTIONS.

15. Future Directions and Challenges in Assessment, Treatment, andInvestigation (Gordon J. G. Asmundson, Steven Taylor, Kristi D.Wright, and Brian J. Cox).

Author Index.

Subject Index.
"...This book will give you the current status in the field from aninternational perspective..." (Int Jnl of Adolescent MedicalHealth, Vol.14, No.3, 2002)

"...It is well structured, clearly written and provides anexcellent and comprehensive overview of the subject..."(British Journal of Clinical Psychology, September 2002)