Abnormal illness behaviour: physiological, psychological and social dimensions of coping with distress.

@article{Kirmayer2006AbnormalIB,
  title={Abnormal illness behaviour: physiological, psychological and social dimensions of coping with distress.},
  author={Laurence J Kirmayer and Karl Julian Looper},
  journal={Current opinion in psychiatry},
  year={2006},
  volume={19 1},
  pages={54-60}
}
PURPOSE OF REVIEW Pilowsky introduced the term 'abnormal illness behaviour' to characterize syndromes of excessive or inadequate response to symptoms, including hypochondriasis, somatization, and denial of illness. This review summarizes recent work from sociology, health psychology and psychiatry that contributes to an understanding of the processes that may underlie abnormal illness behaviour. RECENT FINDINGS Disturbances in the regulation of physiological systems may account for many… CONTINUE READING
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