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The Divided Mind : : the Epidemic of Mindbody Disorders

Sarno, John E., 1923-2017. Book - 2006 Adult Book / Nonfiction / Health & Fitness / General / Sarno, John E None on shelf No requests on this item Community Rating: 2.2 out of 5

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What is psychosomatic medicine? -- A brief history of psychosomatic medicine -- The psychology of psychosomatic disorders -- Treatment -- Hypertension and the mindbody connection: a new paradigm -- My experience with tension myositis syndrome -- A rheumatologistʼs experience -- with psychosomatic disorders -- My perspective on psychosomatic medicine -- Structural pain or psychosomatic pain? -- A family doctorʼs experience with mindbody medicine.
The Divided Mind is the crowning achievement of Dr. John E. Sarnoʼs long and successful career as a groundbreaking medical pioneer. While his earlier books dealt almost exclusively with the common, virtually universal musculoskeletal pain disorders affecting the back, neck, and shoulders as well as various locations in the arms and legs, in The Divided Mind, Dr. Sarno goes beyond pain and addresses the entire spectrum of psychosomatic (mindbody) disorders. These include common stomach and bowel conditions (e.g., gastric reflux, irritable bowel syndrome), allergies, skin disorders, genitourinary conditions, headaches, and many more. In Dr. Sarnoʼs view, the crucial interaction between the generally reasonable, rational, ethical, and moral conscious mind and the repressed feelings of emotional pain, hurt, sadness, and anger characteristic of the unconscious mind appears to be the basis for mindbody disorders. The Divided Mind traces the history of psychosomatic medicine, including Freudʼs crucial role as well as his failures. Most important, it describes the psychology of the human condition that is responsible for the broad range of psychosomatic illness. Dr. Sarno believes that the failure of medicineʼs practitioners to recognize and appropriately treat mindbody disorders has produced public health and economic problems of major proportions in the United States.
One of the most interesting and important aspects of psychosomatic phenomena is the fact that knowledge and awareness of the process clearly have healing powers. Thousands of people have become pain-free simply by reading Healing Back Pain or The Mindbody Prescription, Dr. Sarnoʼs previous books. How and why this happens is a fascinating story, and one that is sure to be repeated as readers experience The Divided Mind. Includes information on Alfred Adler, aging, alcohol abuse, Franz Alexander, anger, anxiety, arthritis, back pain, brain, child abuse, chronic pain syndromes, consciousness, depression, diagnosis, emotional pain, fathers, fear, fibromyalgia, Sigmund Freud, gastric reflux, guilt, headaches, herniated discs, Douglas Hoffman, hypertension, hysterical symptoms, feelings of inferiority, leg pain, life pressures, mothers, muscles, neck pain, numbness, pain, parents, perfectionism, physical abuse, physical activity, placebo effect, psychosomatic disorders, psychotherapy, rage, self-esteem, sexual abuse, shoulders, stress, tension myositis syndrome (TMS), treatment, triggers, unconscious, x-rays, etc.


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New York : Harper Collins, 2007, c2006.
Year Published: 2006
Description: 394 p. ; 24 cm.
Language: English
Format: Book


Medicine, Psychosomatic -- United States.
Mind and body -- United States.
Psychosomatic Medicine -- United States.
Psychophysiology -- United States.