Chapter 9. Sick and Tired: Mind-Body Syndromes in the Workplace

Do some of your employees always seem to be sick? Like Chapter 8, this one deals with syndromes that highlight the intricacies of brain-mind-body relationships. However, whereas the behavioral problems in Chapter 8 can be shown to stem directly from alterations in brain functioning, this chapter discusses what happens when the mind itself seems to impose illness or disability on an otherwise healthy body.

Another feature of the disorders in this chapter is that they often stem from injuries that occur in the workplace itself. Psychodynamics aside, the practical implication of these syndromes involves lost worker productivity and increased fiscal outlays for employee healthcare and ...

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