Psychogastroenterology: A biopsychosocial approach to treating common gastrointestinal and hepatologic disorders

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Chronic diseases result in an increased vulnerability to psychological problems. With an incidence of many chronic conditions on the rise, screening for anxiety and depression should become a routine part of effective medical therapy, especially if treatment of psychological co-morbidities can be demonstrated to improve the course of the disease or improve a patient¿s quality of life. Gastroenterological conditions have been found to be closely associated with mental problems. Because of this, the understanding and treatment of these disorders must incorporate a psychological perspective. This interdisciplinary book aims to be a voice in a discussion on the closer co-existence of gastroenterology and psychology, and on the application of the biopsychosocial model to a deeper understanding of gastrointestinal disorders. The book should be especially useful to health professionals with an interest in the relationship between the psyche and chronic disease, and gastroenterological disorders in particular, or anyone else with an interest in the biopsychosocial model.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherVDM Verlag
Number of pages324
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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