An entirely new perspective on how emotions influence mental and physical health. The authors present recent thinking about 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 post traumatic stress disorders, are a consequence of an inability to regulate distressing emotions through mental processes. The book also advances a model in which dysregulated emotions may alter other bodily systems and thereby contribute to the development of physical illnesses and diseases. Generously illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes and providing descriptions of innovative therapeutic approaches, this book offers a valuable and stimulating reference for clinicians and researchers alike.
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Foreword James S. Grotstein; Acknowledgements; 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; References; Index.