Mary-Joan Gerson

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OBJECTIVES This report is a preliminary comparative study of irritable bowel syndrome symptoms in eight countries, USA, Mexico, Canada, England, Italy, Israel, India, and China. We also assessed global symptom patterns and correlations and relationships to several psychosocial variables. METHODS Two hundred and thirty-nine participants completed a bowel(More)
BACKGROUND This study examines psychological correlates of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) to answer these questions: What is the association between individual and family stress levels and the patient's coping ability and severity of illness? How does the level of family functioning correlate with individual coping and illness severity? To what extent are(More)
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a functional gastrointestinal illness, characterized by potentially debilitating symptoms without pathologic findings, often associated with psychological conditions. Little is known about the psychosocial aspects of this condition on an international scale. A total of 239 patients in eight countries were given a series of(More)
Department of Internal Medicine, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Gastroenterology Division, Hospital de Clínicas de Porto Alegre, Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil; Department of Gastroenterology, Peking Union Medical College Hospital, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, China; Department of(More)
This study tested whether group gut-focused hypnotherapy would improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Several possible outcome predictors were also studied. Before treatment, 75 patients completed a Symptom Severity Scale, a Mind-Body attribution questionnaire, and a Quality of Relationship Inventory (QRI). The symptom scale was completed posttreatment, 3,(More)
BACKGROUND & AIMS There have been few reports of successful treatment of chronically symptomatic patients with irritable bowel syndrome. We performed a preliminary single center study to evaluate a new collaborative treatment model that used both gastroenterologist and psychologist working together, compared to medical treatment or psychological treatment(More)
This article describes an evolving collaborative relationship between a family therapist and a physician focused on the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, a highly prevalent disorder which has several psychological characteristics. We began with a unique approach utilizing (1) simultaneous treatment by both specialists; (2) a focus on the relationship(More)
From the beginning, psychoanalysts have grappled with the phenomenon of psychosomatic illness. Freud’s (1923/1961) early statement that “the ego is first and foremost a bodily ego” (p. 26) has been expanded and instantiated in numerous clinical and theoretical illustrations of mind and body interactions. Ulcerative colitis, involving inflammation of the(More)
Irritable bowel syndrome is a functional gastrointestinal illness, defined by symptoms. Irritable bowel syndrome has been described as a biopsychosocial condition, in which colonic dysfunction is affected by psychological and social factors. As a result of this unusual constellation, irritable bowel syndrome may be subject to cultural variables that differ(More)