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Medically Unexplained Illness: Gender and Biopsyosocial Implications

by Susan K Johnson American Psychological Association
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Hbk 280 pages
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Audience: Acadmeic and medical libraries, some public libraries and specialty bookstores. Health psychology researchers; clinical health psychologists; gender psychology researchers. Medical professionals; graduate and undergraduate students in Health Psychology or Psychology of Women classes.

? Groups illnesses such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity into a new classification called MUI, then discusses the interaction between mind and body resulting in these illnesses.
? These and similar illnesses have been poorly understood. The author answers a range of questions on the development of symptoms and those who experience them.
? 3.7 million Americans suffer from fibromyalgia, 500,000 from CFS, and 45 million suffer with IBS. Prevalence is still being determined for many of these illnesses.

Medically unexplained illnesses are among the most common disorders in primary medical care today. Accordingly, there has been a recent surge of interest in the physiology of such illnesses as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, and multiple chemical sensitivity. But biomedical models can only go so far toward understanding a group of painful and often frustrating symptoms.

These models are unable to fully answer such questions as: How are these vulnerabilities aggravated by psychosocial stress factors such as childhood abuse, work, and interpersonal stress? What cognitive factors contribute to an increase in symptoms? And, perhaps more importantly, why do medically unexplained illnesses strike women in overwhelmingly disproportionate numbers? Author Susan K. Johnson surveys the most recent research on how psychological, social, and physiological factors may interact and contribute to the development of symptoms. This volume will appeal to both psychologists and health care professionals interested in more fully understanding the interaction between mind and body in medically unexplained illness.

Coins a new term, medically unexplained illness, that covers major chronic illnesses that are typically resistant to conventional medical treatment.
Investigates why women are more prone to these illnesses and explains the various biological, psychological, and social factors that make women more susceptible.
Describes effective nonmedical treatment approaches for practitioners who deal with these patients and contains useful therapy examples and tools to illustrate these points.
Overall, this is a definitive resource that compiles much of the existing research on medically unexplained illnesses and their impact on women, in particular.