This volume explores the psychological assessment and treatment of several prevalent physical disorders or conditions, which serve to illustrate the vast potential for psychological intervention in these traditionally medical areas: irritable bowel syndrome, hypertension, headache, asthma, dermatological disorders, Raynaud's disease and phenomenon, rheumatoid arthritis, temporomandibular disorders, diabetes mellitus, and premenstrual syndromes.

For each disorder, leading experts discuss epidemiology and etiology—psychological and behavioral factors, in particular—along with a range of assessment and treatment issues.

This softcover edition is a re-release of the 1993 hardcover edition.

Table of Contents


—Andrew Baum and Margaret Chesney

—Robert J. Gatchel and Edward B. Blanchard

  1. Psychophysiological Disorders: Past and Present Perspectives
    —Robert J. Gatchel
  2. Irritable Bowel Syndrome
    —Edward B. Blanchard
  3. Nonpharmacological Treatment of Essential Hypertension: Research and Clinical Applications
    —Raymond C. Rosen, Elizabeth Brondolo, and John B. Kostis
  4. Headache
    —John P. Hatch
  5. Asthma
    —Thomas L. Creer and Bruce G. Bender
  6. Dermatological Disorders
    —Steven Friedman, Marjorie Hatch, and Cheryl Paradis
  7. Raynaud's Disease and Phenomenon
    —Robert R. Freedman
  8. Rheumatoid Arthritis
    —Larry D. Young
  9. Temporomandibular Disorders
    —Alan G. Glaros and Ernest G. Glass
  10. Psychosocial Issues in Diabetes Mellitus
    —William H. Polonsky
  11. Premenstrual Syndromes: A Health Psychology Critique of Biomedically Oriented Research
    —Jean A. Hamilton and Sheryle Gallant

Author Index

Subject Index

About the Editors