Brief Therapy of the Stress Response Syndrome

  • Mardi J. Horowitz
  • Nancy B. Kaltreider
Part of the The Springer Series on Stress and Coping book series (SSSO)


The liaison psychiatrist is frequently called upon to assess the psychological response to loss. He may see a patient in consultation who has been in a catastrophic accident, had a surgical loss of a body part, or is coping with the news of a fatal illness. The medical treatment team may ask more general questions about providing support to patients fearfully anticipating surgery or to bereaved relatives. An understanding of the pattern of the stress response syndrome as an organizing conceptual model can help the liaison psychiatrist to suggest appropriate strategies for primary prevention (Caplan, 1961), intervention, and referral. In this chapter we will discuss the nature of response to a sudden traumatic event and then describe a study of young women after hysterectomy to illustrate its applicability to medical practice. We will outline the strategy for brief psychotherapy for stress response syndromes for those patients who are referred for treatment.*


Psychological Response Human Stress Role Relationship Intrusive State Information Processing Approach 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mardi J. Horowitz
    • 1
  • Nancy B. Kaltreider
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Neuroses, Langley Porter InstituteUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA

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