Towards a Psychosomatic Conception of Hypochondria

The Impeded Thought

  • Martine Derzelle

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Questions and Problems

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 3-17
    3. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 19-27
  3. The Obliged Thought

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-31
    2. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 33-42
    3. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 59-68
  4. Thinking Hypochondria

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 69-74
    2. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 75-83
    3. Martine Derzelle
      Pages 85-94
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 115-121

About this book


A rigorous and groundbreaking study.

Martine Derzelle is the first researcher to approach hypochondria as a relational pathology.

Martine Derzelle is the first researcher to approach hypochondria as a relational pathology.

The author tackles a subject that has puzzled care professionals for decades: hypochondria. Martine Derzelle confronts all specialists (psychotherapists, psychiatrists, doctors, psychosomaticians) with the paradox of this pathology and the theoretical void on which the approach to those patients who express a suffering of various kinds has stood for more than a century.

In the first part, the author highlights the lack of theoretical elaboration on hypochondria in the existent literature; in the second part, on the basis of clinical examples, she analyzes the nature of the disease, and then offers a completely innovative theoretical elaboration. Finally, in the third part, she proposes a new and specific approach to treating this pathology at both the theoretical and clinical levels within the framework of psychoanalysis and implementing key concepts from relational psychosomatics.


belief hypochondria imaginary body impasse narcissism projection psychosomatics real body transference

Authors and affiliations

  • Martine Derzelle
    • 1
  1. 1.Institut Jean GodinotReimsFrance

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2014
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Medicine
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-03052-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-03053-1
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