Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems

Schildkrout, Barbara (2014). Masquerading Symptoms: Uncovering Physical Illnesses that Present as Psychological Problems. Wiley: Hoboken, NJ.

This is a thorough book on the medical diseases that produce psychological symptoms. It is important because too mental health professionals treat the person for the “mental illness” when in reality the person needs medical help. Schildkrout’s book lists multiple medical diseases, their physical and mental symptoms, prognosis, and treatment. Some folks may balk at the price and the medical terminology, but I believe anyone will find it enlightening. Every counselor, psychologist, and psychiatrist should read this book to avoid overlooking one of these diseases.

Ask your local library to buy it. I am familiar with the content after working many years in a psychiatric hospital. Our doctors looked for such diseases as hypothyroidism, Cushing’s and others that cause severe psychiatric problems. We referred many patients for medical help since we knew their issues were not psychological.