Hallucinations: A Guide to Treatment and Management

ISBN : 9780199548590

Frank Laroi; Andre Aleman
416 Pages
177 x 249 mm
Pub date
Jun 2010
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Hallucinations are a troublesome and distressing symptom for countless patients who suffer from psychiatric or neurological conditions. In recent years, a number of new treatment strategies have been developed to help patients suffering from these symptoms. This book brings together the work of leading experts in this area, to provide a practical guide to the assessment, evaluation, and treatment of hallucinations. It includes a range of interventions, including: Pharmacological, Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Hallucinations focused Integrative Therapy (HIT), normalizing techniques, coping strategies, self-help approaches, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Attention Training Technique, Competitive Memory Training, appraisal-based cognitive therapy, and cognitive therapy for command hallucinations. As well as providing practical advice, the chapters also contain overviews of the respective areas of research, including references to the evidence base for each intervention - highlighting those interventions in need of more empirical support. Each chapter describes how to evaluate and treat the patient, often using clinical vignettes or case studies to illustrate the treatment process. The book will be a valuable guide for psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, and counsellors, increasingly required to help patients suffering from these distressing symptoms.


1. Introduction
2. Pharmacological treatment of hallucinations
3. Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation
4. Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy of auditory-verbal hallucinations
5. Group Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for psychosis
6. Appraisals: Voices' power and purpose
7. Cognitive therapy for command hallucinations
8. Attention Training Technique and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy for distressing auditory hallucinations
9. Competitive Memory Training
10. Hallucinations focused Integrative Therapy (HIT)
11. 'Normalizing' the voice hearing experience: The continuum between auditory hallucinations and ordinary mental life
12. Understanding and shaping adaptive coping with voices
13. Personal history and hearing voices
14. Self-help approaches to hearing voices
15. Hallucinations in children and adolescents: Diagnosis and treatment strategies
16. Visual hallucinations in Charles Bonnet syndrome
17. Hallucinations in the context of dementing illnesses
18. Hallucinations in Parkinson's Disease
19. Assessment of hallucinations

About the author: 

Frank Laroi obtained his BSc from the University of Bath, England; his degree in clinical psychology from the University of Oslo, Norway; and his PhD from the University of Liege, Belgium. In addition to hallucinations, his research interests include schizophrenia, delusions, cognitive remediation, awareness of illness, and emotional processing in psychopathology.; Andre Aleman is professor of cognitive neuropsychiatry at the University of Groningen. He obtained his MSc and PhD in neuropsychology from the University of Utrecht. In addition to hallucinations, his research interests include the cognitive and neural bases of emotional processing in psychopathology.

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