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When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Second Edition

A Guide for Psychotherapists

About the Course

When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders: Second Edition: A Guide for Psychotherapists (The Guilford Press, 2015) is widely regarded as a standard clinical resource. This book/course helps practitioners think outside the mental health box and recognize when a client may need a medical evaluation. Part I provides an accessible, comprehensive overview of symptoms that can be observed in a standard mental status examination and that may indicate medical illness. This book/course includes case vignettes/examples and gives clinical interviewing recommendations. Part II presents concise facts, including basic medical information, physical symptoms, and mental symptoms, including information on more than 60 diseases and syndromes. An easy-to-read chart in Part III cross-tabulates all of the disorders and symptoms for quick reference and comparison. Updates to the second edition include the following: The second edition reflects more than 15 years of advances in medical and mental health knowledge; has been updated throughout to reflect DSM-5 terminology; discusses additional medical disorders (including, but not limited to, celiac disease, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and heavy-metal toxicity); and includes updated links to further reading on each health condition.

This course is based on book by the same name that was created by James Morrison, MD in July of 2015.

Publication Date:

2nd Edition 2015

Course Material Author

James Morrison, MD

According to his bio on the Guilford Press website, "James Morrison, MD, is Affiliate Professor of Psychiatry at Oregon Health and Science University in Portland. He has extensive experience in both the private and public sectors. With his acclaimed practical books—including DSM-5 Made Easy; Diagnosis Made Easier, Second Edition; The First Interview, Fourth Edition; Interviewing Children and Adolescents, Second Edition; and When Psychological Problems Mask Medical Disorders, Second Edition; and The Mental Health Clinician's Workbook—Dr. Morrison has guided hundreds of thousands of mental health professionals and students through the complexities of clinical evaluation and diagnosis." For more information, please visit his website at

James Morrison, MD authored the material only, and was not involved in creating this CE course. They are identified here for your own evaluation of the relevancy of the material this course is based on.

Course Creator

Anna Lynn Hollis, Ph.D., School Psychologist

Anna Hollis, Ph.D., NCSP, is a nationally certified school psychologist currently living near Detroit, Michigan. She is licensed as a psychologist in 2 states (Michigan and South Carolina) and certified as a school psychologist in in 5 states (South Carolina, Michigan, Vermont, Pennsylvania, and Maryland). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA); the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP); the Michigan Association of School Psychologists (MASP); and the Association for Contextual Behavioral Science (ACBS). Dr. Hollis obtained her Ph.D. in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. Her professional interests include Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT); Positive Psychology; Trauma-Informed Practice; and Urban School Psychology.

Recommended For:

This course is recommended for all mental health professionals, as well as medical professionals, who are seeking additional knowledge about the potential medical causes of psychological symptoms and how to recognize when there is a need for a medical referral for mental health clients. This course is appropriate for all levels of participants’ knowledge.

Course Objectives:

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  1. Describe and discuss the symptoms and signs discussed in Part 1, including observations and evaluation of mental status, mood, affect, behavior, speech, insight, judgment, content of thoughts, and cognitive/intellectual signs and symptoms.
  2. Describe and discuss the diagnostic principles discussed in Part 1.
  3. Describe, define, and discuss the medical disorders discussed in depth in Part II and summarized in Part III in chart form.
  4. Identify, describe, and discuss how psychological difficulties can be related to, impacted by, and/or caused by medical disorders.
  5. Discuss how medical illness can have an emotional impact.
  6. Identify the circumstances and warning signs in regard to when a mental health client should be referred for a medical evaluation.

Disclosure to Learners

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There is no commercial support for this distance-learning course.

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Course Number 102970
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