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Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology takes mental disorders from the realm of theory into the complex reality of human lives. In all, you'll find 22 in-depth cases that focus on symptoms, the client's history, treatment, and the outcome. These cases illustrate a variety of problems, including mood disorders, anxiety disorders, schizophrenia, personality disorders and various disorders of childhood and aging. They also allow students to see how theories in the field can be applied to real-life problems.

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Casebook of 23 in-depth studies of behavioral disorders focusing on symptoms, the client's history, treatment, and outcome. A complete chapter is devoted to each patient. Presents a full range of psychopathologies and types of patients. Many of the cases include vignettes from the initial therapy interviews or from the therapy itself. The book also compares each case with the DSM categories. Presents case failures as well as successes, and points to gaps in current knowledge. A new case concerned with bulimia nervosa includes a description of a cognitive-behavioral approach to the treatment which has been found to be particularly effective in the treatment of this disorder.

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A core or supplemental text for graduate or undergraduate courses in abnormal psychology. Focusing on symptoms, the client's history, treatment, and outcome, the 22 in-depth case studies illustrate a variety of problems from classic psychotic disorders to personality disorders and various disorders of childhood and aging. The fourth edition (third in 1991) updates the discussions in light of recent theories and insights. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Reviewer: Nicholas Greco IV, MS, BCETS, CATSM (Columbia College of Missouri)
Description: This is a realistic examination of the most prevalent disorders clinicians see in their patients today. The in-depth presentations demonstrate the developmental history and the cases stimulate critical thinking and enhance discussion with students and other clinicians.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide detailed descriptions of a range of clinical problems, to illustrate the various ways these problems are viewed and treated, and to discuss the prevalence and causes of the various disorders. The book goes beyond the typical brief presentation found in most contemporary textbooks and can stand alone as a casebook complete with a thorough history and clinical presentation.
Audience: Both undergraduate and graduate students in psychology will benefit from this casebook. In addition, medical students, nurses, social workers, and first year psychiatry residents will find this to be an excellent study tool. Professors will find this to be useful companion for their psychopathology courses.
Features: The major Axis I and II disorders are presented in relevant and realistic cases. Mood disorders, anxiety disorders, psychotic disorders, eating disorders, childhood disorders such as ADHD, ODD, and autism as well as sexual dysfunction are presented. Each case includes presenting complaints, social history, conceptualization and treatment, discussion, theoretical perspectives, treatment implications, and discussion questions. The only shortcoming is, for some cases, the discussion of psychopharmacological treatment is too basic or not exactly reflective of current practice. However, this in no way detracts from the excellent case presentations and the book itself.
Assessment: Finally, a realistic abnormal psychology casebook that one can confidently use for teaching purposes.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471252160
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 416
  • Product dimensions: 6.05 (w) x 9.08 (h) x 0.77 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 1
2 Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia 17
3 Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Rape Trauma 35
4 Hypertension in an African American Man 51
5 Dissociative Identity Disorder: Multiple Personality 70
6 Major Depressive Disorder 92
7 Bipolar Mood Disorder 110
8 Depression, Delirium, and Suicidality in an Older Woman Caring for an Alzheimer's Patient 123
9 Schizophrenia: Paranoid Type 138
10 Schizophrenia: Undifferentiated Type 153
11 Alcohol Dependence and Marital Conflict 168
12 Sexual Dysfunction: Female Orgasmic Disorder 185
13 Paraphilia: Exhibitionism 202
14 Gender Identity Disorder: Transsexualism 213
15 Eating Disorder: Anorexia Nervosa 234
16 Eating Disorder: Bulimia Nervosa 245
17 Paranoid Personality Disorder 265
18 Borderline Personality Disorder 282
19 Antisocial Personality Disorder: Psychopathy 295
20 Autistic Disorder 304
21 Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder 317
22 Separation Anxiety Disorder: School Phobia 328
References 347
Index 387
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