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Mind, Immunity and Health: The Science of Psychoneuroimmunology (Key texts in the psychology of health & illness)

: Evans, P; Hucklebridge, F; Clow, A.

There is a growing consensus that the mind can affect the immune system and over the past decade a new field – known as psychoneuroimmunology or PNI for short – has established itself to investigate the effects of the mind upon the immune system and vice versa. The authors of this exciting new area of research in the field of health psychology provide a comprehensive and detailed account informed by the latest research. Topics covered by Philip Evans, Frank Hucklebridge and Angela Clow are stress and immunity, depression and immunity and assessment of the evidence that PNI effects are directly related to health. Read more…

A Doctor’s Dilemma: Stress and the Role of the Carer

: Holland, John.

The work of a general practitioner can be highly stressful and the source of much of the stress is often the conflict that arises between the needs of the doctor and those of the patient. A doctor has to face many common but disturbing situations such as dealing with highly distressed people, seductive behaviour and anger in the consultation as well as the demands of relationships with fellow professionals. This book examines and probes the forces that impact on the carer in order to understand and defuse the stress they cause. The author, John Holland, is a counsellor trainer as well as doctor, uses psychotherapeutic understandings to gain insight through the many examples he gives. Read more…

We are All Living with HIV: How to Set Policies and Guidelines for the Workplace

: Pike, Earl; Greasley, Phil.

People living with HIV infection or a diagnosis of AIDS face discrimination in most areas of their lives, including the workplace. Organizations and businesses having to face HIV or AIDS in some form or other is increasingly common. This book by Earl C Pike and Phil Greasley is designed to help such bodies formulate policies and programmes for the workplace. The text should be useful both for organizations without policies and for those who want to review existing policy. Many employers, for example, will want to know what their responsibilities are to people with HIV under the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA). It explains workplace changes which may be required for people with or recovering from HIV related illnesses. Beginning with an exploration of the practical and ethical need for organizations to develop policies and guidelines, the text goes on, in a step-by-step fashion, to take the reader through the main issues involved. It considers the shaping and formation of policies – including sample policies and special policy considerations for particular populations – ending with a section on resources. Read more…

The Psychosomatic Paradox

: Smadja, Claude.

In this book the author explores a particular mode of mental functioning expressed through a series of clinical symptoms and highlighted by contemporary psychosomatic research. Claude Smadja’s concept, a true clinical and conceptual invention in the field of psychopathology, has evolved from work originally carried out by Pierre Marty, Michel de M’Uzan, Christian David and Michel Fain, pioneers of the psychoanalytic approach to subjects with somatic illnesses. These authors, internationally known as the ‘psychosomaticists of the Ecole de Paris’, have contributed extensively to our understanding of the relations between the life of the psyche and the working of somatic disease. Using his own clinical experiences as a psychoanalyst and psychosomaticist, the author significantly extends the study of ‘operational states’ and their metapsychological implications. His reasoning leads him to underscore the importance of the psychical terrain ‘beyond the pleasure principle’, governed by the sign of the death instinct, source of those mechanisms which lead to distortion of the individual’s development and instinctual life. Read more…

Distinguishing Psychological from Organic Disorders: Screening for Psychological Masquerade

: Taylor, Robert L.

This volume is designed to help clinicians assess medical conditions which are “masquerading” as psychological ones. The author, Robert L. Taylor,  provides essential clues to our understanding of organic disease and shows how to look for these clues during the clinical interview process. Common clinical pitfalls, simple assessment tests, and over 100 case studies are included. New to this edition: obsessive/compulsive disorders; the “love delusion”; postictal psychosis; an update on AIDS; dementia complex; atypical neuroleptics; SSRI’s and newer general medications; and alternative medicine section; multiple sclerosis; ADHD; Lyme’s disease; and an updated bibliography and references. Read more…

The General Practitioner, Patients and Their Feelings: Exploring Emotions Behind the Physical Symptoms

: Zalidis, Sotiris.

The explosion of knowledge in the fields of neurobiology, psychology and genetics has made it no longer helpful to discuss whether or not a particular illness is psychosomatic. This title by Sotiris Zalidis provides an introduction to psychosomatics for counsellors and psychotherapists who want to learn about the psychologically informed management of their patients’ physical symptoms. It is also intended for general practitioners who are interested in the role of emotions in the formation of physical symptoms. Read more…

Self-esteem: Research, Theory and Practice

: Mruk, Christopher

Everyone knows what lack of self-esteem is – a factor often found in cases of depression, abusive relationship, personality disorders and suicidal behaviour. But what exactly is self-esteem? Can it treally be developed or enchanced past a person’s formative years? In a cogent analysis of the recent explosion of research and literature on the enhancement of self-esteem, this book by Christopher Mruk answers these questions clearly and concisely on both theoretical and practical levels. It is recommended for all students. Read more…

The Politics of Mental Handicap

: Ryan, Joanna and Thomas, Frank.

This celebrated book is a plea for the rights of mentally handicapped people – an analysis of why we have denied the mentally handicapped their humanity, and why we so often shut them away in institutions. In a new chapter, Joanna Ryan with Frank Thomasexamines the reality behind the government’s commitment to community care. Read more…

Sacred Cycles: The Spiral of Women’s Well Being

: Wickham, Sara.

Have you ever thought about how you would like to be born, wondered why tampon adverts always use blue liquid or dreamed of living in a society with Government-funded luxury hotels for women who needed space? Have you ever wondered why so many women living in the West still believe their bodies are inferior to men’s and that others hold responsibility for their health and well being? By comparing the things we have been taught about our bodies, to real women’s experiences, women-centred research and common sense wisdom, Sara Wickham’s book explores women’s reproductive health and well being through the eyes of women themselves, examining myths and opinions and questioning whether the things we learn from the media and through education systems are serving us well. The author explores a wide variety of historical and cultural perspectives, and, drawing on the experiences of over 100 women, the major transitions of women’s lives are explored. Does science have all the answers, or is there a space for other ways of knowing? Are medical recommendations more accurate than old wives’ tales? How do women care for themselves during their menstrual cycles, or during menopause, and would it be better to turn our ideas of health and healing upside down? This book will enable women to realise that they are the experts in their own lives and health, and enable men to deepen their understanding of who we are. Read more…