Neuropsychological Evaluation of Somatoform and Other Functional Somatic Conditions, Kyle Brauer Boone Paperback
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Neuropsychologists are provided with little formal education and training regarding the identification and measurement of medically unexplained symptoms, yet these conditions are highly prevalent, with estimates indicating that 20% of general medical patients and 30% of neurologic clinic patients present with symptoms lacking medical explanation. The situation is further complicated by the fact that with most psychiatric diagnoses, patients can be directly queried regarding presence of diagnostic criteria, but patients with medically unexplained symptoms, due to lack of insight and associated self-deception, do not endorse diagnostic characteristics that they in fact exhibit. Thus, in these cases, neuropsychologists must particularly rely on test results to guide diagnostic formulations. However, personality and cognitive test results are frequently misinterpreted in this population of patients of patients. The goal of this book is to provide neuropsychologists with comprehensive information and specific practice recommendations for the assessment of patients with medically unexplained symptoms
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