Audrey Walker

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There is a critical public health problem in the United States today, the problem of childhood psychiatric disorders in youngsters with physical illnesses. Currently there is a pressing need for well-trained pediatric psychosomatic medicine practitioners as well as advanced training in the field. Yet, this training does not currently exist. This article(More)
• Catatonia in medically ill patients is rare but often unrecognized. • Catatonia occurs with varying degrees of severity, with malignant catatonia on the severe side of the spectrum. • In the pediatric population, catatonia is exceedingly unrecognized and undertreated. • Pediatric catatonia is often associated with general medical illness, as well as(More)
The body image is the individual's mental representation of his own body, a representation that encompasses both perceptual and ideational components. In this paper I will explore the concept of body image, its development and its relationship to self-image and object relations in children with chronic medical illness. From this discussion and with the help(More)
BACKGROUND The amount of literature published annually related to psychosomatic medicine is vast; this poses a challenge for practitioners to keep up-to-date in all but a small area of expertise. OBJECTIVES To introduce how a group process using volunteer experts can be harnessed to provide clinicians with a manageable selection of important publications(More)
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