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Disorders of Affect Regulation
Alexithymia in Medical and Psychiatric Illness

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James S. Grotstein, Graeme J. Taylor, R. Michael Bagby, James D. A. Parker
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  • Date Published: November 1999
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521778503

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  • This work provides an entirely new perspective on emotional influences on mental and physical health. The authors present current thinking on the development and regulation of emotions and argue that several common but difficult to treat psychiatric illnesses, including drug addictions, eating disorders, panic disorder, and posttraumatic stress disorders, are a consequence of an individual's inability to regulate distressing emotions through mental processes. They also advance a model in which dysregulated emotions may alter other bodily systems and thereby contribute to the development of physical illnesses and diseases. The book is generously illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes and provides descriptions of innovative therapeutic approaches. This volume will become a valuable and stimulating reference for clinicians and researchers alike.

    • An entirely new perspective on how emotions influence mental and physical health
    • Presents recent thinking and innovative therapeutic approaches to several common but difficult illnesses; drug addictions, eating disorders, panic disorders, and post-traumatic stress disorder
    • An invaluable reference for clinicians and researchers alike
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "Extremely well presented...This book is provocative and thorough...The reference materials and indexes are excellent." Journal of the American Medical Association

    "I view this book as a "must" for people interested in alexithymia and emotion regulation, and a "probably should have" for those interested in contemporary models of how emotions influence health." Journal of Psychosomatic Research

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 1999
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521778503
    • length: 384 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.56kg
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword James S. Grotstein
    Introduction Graeme Taylor
    1. The development and regulation of affects Graeme Taylor, Michael Bagby and James Parker
    2. Affect dysregulation and alexithymia Michael Bagby and Graeme Taylor
    3. Measurement and validation of the alexithymia construct Michael Bagby and Graeme Taylor
    4. Relations between alexithymia, personality, and affects James Parker and Graeme Taylor
    5. The neurobiology of emotion, affect regulation and alexithymia James Parker and Graeme Taylor
    6. Somatoform disorders Graeme Taylor
    7. Anxiety and depressive disorders and a note on personality disorders Michael Bagby and Graeme Taylor
    8. Substance use disorders Graeme Taylor
    9. Eating disorders Graeme Taylor
    10. Affects and alexithymia in medical illness and disease Graeme Taylor
    11. Treatment considerations Graeme Taylor
    12. Future directions James Parker, Michael Bagby and Graeme Taylor

  • Authors

    Graeme J. Taylor, University of Toronto

    R. Michael Bagby, University of Toronto

    James D. A. Parker, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario


    James Grotstein, University of California, Los Angeles


    James S. Grotstein, Graeme J. Taylor, R. Michael Bagby, James D. A. Parker

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