1. The Nature of the Problem

  1. Barbara Schildkrout

Published Online: 1 SEP 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch1

Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders

Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders

How to Cite

Schildkrout, B. (2011) The Nature of the Problem, in Unmasking Psychological Symptoms: How Therapists Can Learn to Recognize the Psychological Presentation of Medical Disorders, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., Hoboken, New Jersey. doi: 10.1002/9781118083598.ch1

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 1 SEP 2011
  2. Published Print: 3 AUG 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470639078

Online ISBN: 9781118083598

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Keywords:

  • medical diseases;
  • masked medical conditions;
  • psychological disorder;
  • diagnosis;
  • interviewing;
  • evidence;
  • refer;
  • medical workups

Summary

More than 100 discrete medical diseases are capable of mimicking psychological conditions. A common and important challenge for clinicians is learning to identify the presence of covert or masked medical conditions that might be causing or complicating what appears to be a psychological disorder. Fully effective treatment often is possible only once an accurate diagnosis has been made.

This book will help mental health professionals to expand their observational skills and interviewing expertise into a broader arena. The goal is to help clinicians to recognize the evidence of underlying physical disease so as to effectively refer patients for medical workups.