1st Edition

Neuropsychological Evaluation of Somatoform and Other Functional Somatic Conditions Assessment Primer

Edited By Kyle Brauer Boone Copyright 2017
    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    462 Pages
    by Routledge

    Neuropsychologists are provided with little formal education and training regarding the identification and measurement of somatoform 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.

    This book provides neuropsychologists with comprehensive information and specific practice recommendations for the assessment of patients with somatoform conditions. The first four chapters discuss the genesis of somatoform and other functional somatic symptom disorders, and the next seven chapters address somatoform conditions in the context of nonepileptic seizures, multiple chemical sensitivity and other claimed toxic exposures, pseudotremor and other nonphysiologic movement disorders, postconcussion syndrome, chronic pain/fibromyalgia/complex regional pain syndrome, attention deficit disorder, and auto-immune disease. Chapters are also included that address the use of the MMPI-2-RF in differentiating somatoform disorder and malingering, medically unexplained symptoms in non-English-speaking individuals; workplace factors in somatization; and testimony involving somatoform conditions. The book is targeted for practicing neuropsychologists, clinical psychologists including those specializing in behavioral medicine, and students in training.

    SECTION I Genesis of Somatoform and Functional Somatic Conditions

    1 Self-Deception in Somatoform Conditions: Differentiating Between Conscious and Nonconscious Symptom Feigning Kyle B. Boone

    2 The Role of Early Life Trauma in Somatization: Implications for the Clinical Practice of Neuropsychology Tara L. Victor and Kathleen M. Van Dyk

    3 The Role of Attachment Ruptures and Related Developmental Contributors to the Experience of Physical and Emotional Pain in Adulthood Kristie J. Nies

    4 Somatization by Proxy: Parental Influences on the Development of Somatization in Children and Adolescents Hope E. Goldberg

    SECTION II Somatoform Conditions in Neuropsychological Assessment

    5 Three Faces of PNES Dona Locke, Megan E. Denham, David J. Williamson, and Daniel Drane

    6 Exposure to Toxins and Multiple Chemical Sensitivity Christopher J. Graver

    7 Persistent Postconcussion Syndrome David D. Fox

    8 Neuropsychological Assessment of Patients With Fibromyalgia, Complex Regional Pain Syndrome, and Chronic Pain Greg J. Lamberty, Carly R. Anderson, and Laura E. Krause

    9 Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder as an Illness Identity: Implications for Neuropsychological Practice Julie Suhr and Christina Wei

    10 Pseudotremor and Other Nonphysiologic Movement Disorders Maria E. Cottingham

    11 Somatization in Autoimmune Disorders Joyce W. Tam and Elizabeth Ziegler

    SECTION III Special Topics in Assessment of Somatoform Conditions

    12 Using the MMPI-2-RF in Discriminating Between Malingering and Somatoform Disorder Roger O. Gervais, Deon Louw, and Keith Gibson

    13 Somatization in Non-English-Speaking Individuals Lidia Artiola i Fortuny

    14 The Financial Incentive Effect: It’s Not Just Malingering Kevin J. Bianchini, F. Charles Frey, Stephen Brewer, Joy Bui, and Luis Aguerrevere

    15 Testimony Regarding Somatoform Conditions Kyle B. Boone


    Kyle Brauer Boone, PhD, ABPP, is a Professor within the California School of Forensic Studies, Alliant International University, and a Clinical Professor within the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA. She has published over 120 peer-reviewed articles in the area of neuropsychological assessment, primarily regarding the development and validation of neurocognitive performance validity tests.

    'Somatization—the expression of psychological problems through physical symptoms and the production of these symptoms in reaction to life stressors—has both captivated and frustrated health care providers for centuries. The unique combination of theory, empirical data, and clinical case studies presented in this volume integrates a complex and fascinating literature, providing a guide for both improved clinical practice and future scientific investigation. The neuropsychological library of the practicing clinician is incomplete without this volume.' - Glenn J. Larrabee, Ph.D., ABPP Clinical Neuropsychology, Independent Practice, Sarasota, Florida

    'This cohesive edited collection of chapters by experts in somatoform disorder is an impressive volume about easily misunderstood and misdiagnosed conditions. Its practical knowledge regarding etiology, assessment, and differential diagnosis will fill education and training gaps, making it essential reading for trainees and pediatric, adult, and lifespan clinicians and researchers across experience levels.' - Ida Sue Baron, Ph.D., ABPP University of Virginia and The George Washington University