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The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing: In Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatry / Edition 1

The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing: In Behavioral Medicine, Clinical Psychology, and Psychiatry / Edition 1

by Robert FriedRobert Fried


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Many somatic, affective, and psychopathological conditions have been linked to hypoxia caused by cerain breathing characteristics. In this practical guidebook, Robert Fried draws on his years of pioneering research to provide a systematic assessment of the roles breathing and hyperventilation play in medical and emotional health. Fried utilizes an innovative multivariate experimental strategy that incorporates multiple physiological measurements to associate hyperventilation syndrome with a variey of medical conditions. With the application of both traditional and the latest sophisticated physiological evaluation and methods, the author details step-by-step treatments for psychosomatic disorders--such as hypertension, migraines, and colitis, for organic disorders; and for psychological disorders--including anxiety, panic, and depression. He explains how nonmedication techniques such as yoga, meditation, exercise, relaxation and biofeedback can be used in combination with pharmacological and psychiatric therapies to normalize health. Recent advances in diagnosic instrumentation, including infrared capnometry, oximetry, and computerized assessment of psychophysiological modalities are described in simplified terms accessible to all practitioners in the health sciences.

The Psychology and Physiology of Breathing is a highly readable and useful resource for clinicians and researchers in the behavioral sciences.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780306442780
Publisher: Springer US
Publication date: 08/31/1993
Series: The Springer Series in Behavioral Psychophysiology and Medicine
Edition description: 1993
Pages: 374
Product dimensions: 6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.04(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction. Elements of the Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory System. The Circulatory System and the Heart. Blood and the Red Blood Cell. Capnometry and the Computerized Psychophysiological Profile. Some Functional Relationships Between Hyperventilation and the Endocrine, Cardiovascular, and Nervous Systems. Respiration, Hyperventilation, and Mental Disorders. Behavioral Treatment and Control of Hyperventilation. Behavioral Assessment and Breathing Training in the Treatment of Hyperventilation and Asthma. Conclusion.

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