The Perspectives of Psychiatry

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JHU Press, Nov 29, 1998 - Medical - 352 pages

Substantially revised to include a wealth of new material, the second edition of this highly acclaimed work provides a concise, coherent introduction that brings structure to an increasingly fragmented and amorphous discipline. Paul R. McHugh and Phillip R. Slavney offer an approach that emphasizes psychiatry's unifying concepts while accommodating its diversity. Recognizing that there may never be a single, all-encompassing theory, the book distills psychiatric practice into four explanatory methods: diseases, dimensions of personality, goal-directed behaviors, and life stories. These perspectives, argue the authors, underlie the principles and practice of all psychiatry. With an understanding of these fundamental methods, readers will be equipped to organize and evaluate psychiatric information and to develop a confident approach to practice and research.

 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
IASSESSMENT AND EXPLANATION IN PSYCHIATRY
1The MindBrain Problem and a Structure for Psychiatry
The Other Source of Disarray in Psychiatry
3Classification in Psychiatry and the Method of DSMIV
IITHE CONCEPT OF DISEASES
Its Premises History Strengths and Limitations for Psychiatry
13The Behavior Perspective
14Characteristics of Motivated Behaviors
15The Causes of Behavioral Disorders
16Treatment Principles for Behavioral Disorders
A Behavior Treated through Stages of Change
18Hysteria
19Suicide
VTHE CONCEPT OF LIFE STORIES

5The Disease Concept Exemplified by Psychiatric Conditions with Known Neuropathologies
6The Disease Concept Applied to Psychiatric Conditions without Known Neuropathologies
A Disorder in the Affective Realm
8Schizophrenia
IIITHE CONCEPT OF DIMENSIONS
Graded Quantitative Dispositional Distinctions
Distinctions within a Dimensional Feature
11Temperament Affective Dimensions and Personality Disorders
12Emotions Life Events Traits of Temperament and Treatment
IVTHE CONCEPT OF BEHAVIORS
20The LifeStory Perspective
Power Process and Pitfalls
VIPRACTICAL IMPLICATIONS
22Practical Implications of the Perspectives
23Integrative Summary
The Processes of Verification
Notes
Index
Copyright

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Paul R. McHugh, M.D., is Henry Phipps Professor and Director in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Phillip R. Slavney, M.D., is Eugene Meyer III Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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