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Psychodynamic therapy in patients with somatic symptom disorder

Luyten, P; De Meulemeester, C; Fonagy, P; (2019) Psychodynamic therapy in patients with somatic symptom disorder. In: Contemporary Psychodynamic Psychotherapy: Evolving Clinical Practice. (pp. 191-206).

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Abstract

© 2019 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This chapter provides a contemporary psychodynamic approach to the understanding and treatment of patients with somatic symptom disorder or functional somatic disorder (FSD). We focus on three related biobehavioral systems that are central in current psychoanalytic approaches to patients with these conditions: the attachment system, the mentalizing system, and impairments in epistemic trust. Empirical evidence supporting these views is summarized. We also discuss the evidence base of psychodynamic treatments for these patients, and we outline the treatment principles of dynamic interpersonal therapy for patients with FSDs. We conclude this chapter with a brief description of the psychodynamic treatment of a female patient with functional somatic symptoms.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Psychodynamic therapy in patients with somatic symptom disorder
ISBN-13: 9780128133736
DOI: 10.1016/B978-0-12-813373-6.00013-1
UCL classification: UCL
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10059779
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