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ABSTRACT: Abstract This study tested whether group gut-focused hypnotherapy would improve irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Several possible outcome predictors were also studied. Before treatment, 75 patients completed a Symptom Severity Scale, a Mind-Body attribution questionnaire, and a Quality of Relationship Inventory (QRI). The symptom scale was completed posttreatment, 3, 6, and 12 months later. There was significant symptom reduction at each data point (p < .001). Sixty percent had a reduction of more than 50 points, indicative of clinical improvement. Initial severity score (p = .0004) and QRI conflict (p = .057) were directly correlated with a response to hypnotherapy, while attribution of symptoms to mind (emotional) causation was inversely correlated (p = .0056). The authors conclude that group hypnotherapy is effective in patients with IBS.International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis 01/2013; 61(1):38-54. · 1.52 Impact Factor
Article: Psychosomatics and psychoanalytic theory: The psychology of ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease.Mary-Joan Gerson[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Psychoanalytic psychosomatic theory is reviewed here with particular reference to inflammatory bowel disease, that is, ulcerative colitis and Crohn's disease. The importance of recognizing empirical research findings in conjunction with clinical inference is stressed, as well as the usefulness of exploring the full relationship context of illness. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved)Psychoanalytic Psychology 10/2012; 19(2):380-388. · 0.83 Impact Factor
Article: A collaborative family-systemic approach to treating chronic illness: irritable bowel syndrome as exemplarMary-Joan Gerson, Charles D. Gerson[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: This article describes an evolving collaborative relationship between a family therapist and a physician focused on the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome, a highly prevalent disorder which has several psychological characteristics. We began with a unique approach utilizing (1) simultaneous treatment by both specialists; (2) a focus on the relationship context of illness. This approach draws on family systemic theory and practice as well as a circular model of mind and body interaction. Because the intervention was significantly helpful to patients, the premises which informed it were then incorporated into a five session group treatment model. Results and clinical report support the efficacy of a collaborative systemic approach between a medical specialist and family psychologist in treating adult chronic illness.Contemporary Family Therapy 04/2012; 27(1):37-49.
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ABSTRACT: Chronic illnesses such as irritable bowel syndrome are not experienced by patients in isolation. They live in a context of relationships, including spouses and partners, other family members, friends and business associates. Those relationships can have an effect, both positive and negative, on the course of illness and may also be affected by the experience of living with a chronic illness like IBS. We review the general literature regarding the effect of relationship factors on chronic illness followed by a focus on IBS symptomatology. We then discuss the challenges experienced by partners of IBS patients, followed by the effects of spousal violence, the particular relationship of mothers with IBS and their children, the effects of social support, and the importance of family dynamics and IBS. The final segment includes conclusions and recommendations. The topic, relationships and IBS, may have a significant effect on the lives of IBS patients and deserves more attention than it has received.Gastroenterology Research and Practice 01/2012; 2012:157340. · 0.98 Impact Factor
Article: Gerson M.J. (2011). Cyberspace Betrayal: Attachment in an Era of Virtual Connection. Journal of Family Psychotherapy. 22 (2), 148-156.Gerson, M.J. (2007). The justice of intimacy: beyond the golden rule. Contemporary Psychoanalysis. 43 (2), 247-260.mary-joan gersonJournal of Family Psychotherapy 07/2011; 2(22).