Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Get Latest Book News + FREE Shipping. Subscribe to the Boomerang Books Bulletin eNewsletter right now!

Description - The Body Speaks by James L. Griffith

For decades, health care providers have worked as though there were a monolithic wall dividing the ailments of the mind from those of the body. Theorists on either side developed separate languages and philosophies to explain symptoms. This distinction has left many clinicians unable to treat successfully patients whose symptoms,such as headaches, conversion paralysis, and seizures,arise from the place where mind and body meet. In this book, the authors describe a powerful narrative therapy, one that relies on the wisdom and everyday language of patients' real-life stories instead of the expert knowledge and professional language of the clinician. This approach can be used across all categories of somatic symptoms, from factitious ones to medical illnesses such as asthma or migraine headaches.The authors show how somatic symptoms are often related to unspeakable dilemmas, as in the case of a child who, after discovering a parent's marital infidelity, is afraid to disclose the secret and begins having blackout spells for which a neurologist can find no physiological basis. These dilemmas can be understood only if a clinician creates the kind of relationship in which privately held stories of fear, shame, and threat can be told safely. Detailed case studies and numerous brief examples vividly illustrate techniques for helping patients escape the dilemmas that bind their bodies by finding new language and stories that can free them.In an innovative section, the authors rethink the current ideas and practices of psychopharmacology. Rather than treating" a brain disease, a clinician uses medications to recalibrate brain systems that register alarm, thereby opening new possibilities for therapeutic change through speaking, listening, reflecting, and relating.This book offers all clinicians,psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, nurses, physicians, and family therapists,a way to use language to help patients resolve bodily symptoms. It avoids the stigmatization that patients and families so often experience,and the frustration clinicians feel,when struggling to find answers for mind-body problems.

Buy The Body Speaks by James L. Griffith from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780465007165
ISBN-10: 0465007163
Format: Hardback
(241mm x 162mm x 25mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Basic Books
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 27-Apr-1994
Country of Publication: United States

Book Reviews - The Body Speaks by James L. Griffith

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Body Speaks book by James L. Griffith and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review

Author Biography - James L. Griffith

James L. Griffith, M.D. is professor of psychiatry at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine.Melissa Elliot Griffith, M.S.N. is director of the Family Therapy Program at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine. They have made their treatment approach for somatoform disorders the focus of numerous journal articles and popular workshops.

Books By James L. Griffith

Religion That Heals, Religion That Harms by James L. Griffith
Hardback, August 2010
Encountering the Sacred in Psychotherapy by James L. Griffith
Paperback, July 2003