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May 1994

Psychiatric Aspects of Headache

Author Affiliations

Jackson, Miss

Arch Neurol. 1994;51(5):445-446. doi:10.1001/archneur.1994.00540170017004

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In the past 35 years, over 300 studies have examined interrelationships between psychological factors and recurrent headache—a testament to the importance of the content area of this book. Directed toward a broad readership (ie, neurologists, family practitioners, internists, and social workers), this volume's 33 brief chapters provide an introduction to a variety of issues pertaining to psychological factors and headache. This edited volume is divided into five sections including conceptualizations of headache, assessment, psychiatric aspects of specific headache syndromes, psychobiology of stress and headache, and treatment. We agree with the editors in their acknowledgment that this work was an ambitious undertaking; despite their valiant effort and partial success, we found the book lacking in several important respects.

Perhaps our most critical concern is the tendency for a number of the chapters to unnecessarily characterize the average headache patient in psychopathologic terms. Although the editors preface this volume with a disclaimer

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