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Behavioral Problems of Adulthood

  • Donald A. Swanson


This chapter is intended to complement those chapters dealing with the psychological and psychiatric aspects of family practice. It provides the rationale and guidelines for referring a patient to a psychiatrist and what can be expected in return. The chapter begins with a brief review of behavior during adulthood from a developmental perspective, including those disorders seen in late life. A number of disorders with physical manifestations that may or may not have an underlying psychological component are then reviewed. These include disorders of sleep with special emphasis on narcolepsy, speech disorders, anorexia nervosa, bulimia, hypochondriasis, and factitious disorders (previously known as the Munchausen syndrome). Several conditions that have strong characterologic bases are then discussed. These closely relate to those disorders with physical manifestations and include the type A personality, adult antisocial behavior, and malingering. Finally, disorders of impulse control (pathologic gambling, kleptomania, pyromania, and explosive disorder) are reviewed.


Anorexia Nervosa Personality Disorder Binge Eating Psychiatric Consultation Sleep Paralysis 
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