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Autism: Debates and Testimonies

: Ribas, Denys.

Childhood autism is a fascinating and disturbing disorder that has given rise to contentious debates, which often end in impasse. Here, Denys Ribas reviews this enigmatic condition, focusing on the work of Hans Asperger, which paved the way for institutional care and has wider importance than has often been recognized, and on testimonies provided by former sufferers from autism and on the analytic psychotherapy of a child. The author examines all the theories under discussion today, including developments in genetics and the access to symbolisation and, in a constant concern with clinical practice, instigates a constructive debate between the traditionally conflicting views of psychoanalysis and the cognitive sciences. Written in a lucid style that explains the concepts with reference to a glossary, this book will be relevant not only to students, professionals and parents who are dealing with the psychic difficulties of autistic children and the challenge of treating them, but also to anyone with a general interest in the development of thought and language. Read more…

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…