Conversion Disorder

Publication Title: 
Seizure

PURPOSE: The aim of this meta-analysis is to evaluate and synthesize the available evidence from the previous 20 years regarding the utility of psychological interventions in the management of psychogenic non-epileptic seizures (PNES). METHOD: Studies were retrieved from MEDLINE via OvidSP and PsychINFO. Selection criteria included controlled and before-after non-controlled studies including case series, using seizure frequency as an outcome measurement. Studies were required to assess one or more types of psychological intervention for the treatment of PNES in adults.

Author(s): 
Carlson, Perri
Nicholson Perry, Kathryn
Publication Title: 
The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

BACKGROUND: Conversion disorder is an alteration or loss of physical functioning suggestive of a physical disorder that is thought to be due to a psychological stressor or conflict. The fact that many theories about the cause of conversion disorder focus on psychological and social factors would suggest that a psychosocial intervention might be of most benefit. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the efficacy of psychosocial interventions on people diagnosed with conversion disorder compared with standard care, a biological intervention or another psychosocial intervention.

Author(s): 
Ruddy, R.
House, A.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Three papers of special interest to researchers and clinicians alike have recently appeared in the general scientific and medical literatures. Two of these papers are original research studies that employ brain-imaging technologies, one using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), the other position emission tomography (PET). A third paper is a comprehensive review of the empirical findings on the clinical use of hypnosis in pediatric oncology.

Author(s): 
Nash, Michael R.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis

Six papers of special interest to the hypnosis community have recently appeared in the general scientific literatures. Three of these papers were published as part of the 2006 Cochrane Collaboration on the utility of medical interventions. These reviews analyze the research literature on the efficacy of hypnosis for treatment of needle-related pain in children, pain management during childbirth, and conversion disorder.

Author(s): 
Barabasz, Arreed
Perez, Nicole
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy

A discussion of "Self Psychology and the Distinctiveness of Psychotherapy," by Arnold Goldberg, M.D. Arnold Goldberg's applications of self psychology to psychotherapy help conceptualize psychoanalytic psychotherapy, contribute to technique, and provide new goals. Self psychology is formulated in terms of an intrapsychic focus and other psychoanalytic considerations of clinical process, is consistent with advances in the psychoanalytic study of object relations, and advances the clinical theory of psychoanalysis.

Author(s): 
London, N. J.
Publication Title: 
The International Journal of Psycho-Analysis

Within a set of phenomena traditionally problematic for psychoanalysis, four types of erotic transference are outlined with a description of their dynamic genesis and related case histories (transference and countertransference developments, fundamental treatment procedures): erotised, erotic, loving, and affectionate transference. The first type is based mostly on psychotic modalities, the second on neurotic modalities.

Author(s): 
Bolognini, S.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Abnormal Psychology
Author(s): 
Gruenewald, D.
Fromm, E.
Publication Title: 
Tropical and Geographical Medicine
Author(s): 
Giel, R.
Publication Title: 
Minerva Medica
Author(s): 
Klemperer, E.
Publication Title: 
Annales Médico-Psychologiques
Author(s): 
Chertok, L.

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