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Towards a Psychosomatic Conception of Hypochondria

The Impeded Thought

Derzelle, Martine

2014, XII, 121 p. 4 illus.

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  • The first book focused on the clinical and theoretical aspects of hypochondria
  • Provides a possibility of therapeutic measures
  • A new approach to hypochondria based on general epistemology, Freudian epistemology, and on a new conceptualization centered around the "deadlock"

A rigorous and groundbreaking study.

Martine Derzelle is the first researcher to approach hypochondria as a relational pathology.

Martine Derzelle is the first researcher to approach hypochondria as a relational pathology.

The author tackles a subject that has puzzled care professionals for decades: hypochondria. Martine Derzelle confronts all specialists (psychotherapists, psychiatrists, doctors, psychosomaticians) with the paradox of this pathology and the theoretical void on which the approach to those patients who express a suffering of various kinds has stood for more than a century.

In the first part, the author highlights the lack of theoretical elaboration on hypochondria in the existent literature; in the second part, on the basis of clinical examples, she analyzes the nature of the disease, and then offers a completely innovative theoretical elaboration. Finally, in the third part, she proposes a new and specific approach to treating this pathology at both the theoretical and clinical levels within the framework of psychoanalysis and implementing key concepts from relational psychosomatics.

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » belief - hypochondria - imaginary body - impasse - narcissism - projection - psychosomatics - real body - transference

Related subjects » Internal Medicine - Medicine - Psychiatry

Table of contents 

Questions.- Problems.- Problem Definition.- Negative Reports or “a Certain Discourse Used in a Certain Way”.- From Biological Body to Metaphorical Body.- A New Starting Point.- Hypochondria, Projective Parenthesis.- A Different Relation to Oneself and to the Other Person.- Towards a Psychosomatic Conception of Hypochondria.

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