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In Darwinian Psychiatry, Michael T. McGuire and Alfonso Troisi provide a conceptual framework for integrating many features of prevailing models. Based on Darwinian theory rather than traditional approaches, the book offers clinicians a fundamentally new perspective for looking at the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Writing from this innovative theoretical position, the authors discuss the origin of pathological conditions, the adaptive and maladaptive aspects of ...
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Overview

In Darwinian Psychiatry, Michael T. McGuire and Alfonso Troisi provide a conceptual framework for integrating many features of prevailing models. Based on Darwinian theory rather than traditional approaches, the book offers clinicians a fundamentally new perspective for looking at the etiology, pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Writing from this innovative theoretical position, the authors discuss the origin of pathological conditions, the adaptive and maladaptive aspects of symptoms and syndromes, the biological basis of social relations, and many other key concepts. The authors suggest that when making diagnostic assessments, psychiatrists should evaluate not only the patient's symptoms but also their functional capacities, and that therapeutic interventions should work toward the achievement of biological goals.
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"The authors are psychiatrists who have done distinguished experimental work in primatology. They summarize evolutionary influences on everyday behavior, and argue convincingly for this area as a science basic to psychiatry."—The Quarterly Review of Biology

"Darwinian Psychiatry represents a encyclopedic, ambitious and well-argued attempt to convince its readers that the field of psychiatry would benefit from the explicit incorporation of evolutionary theory, and offers nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of mental disorders. McGuire and Troisi are writers of considerable distinction in the psychiatry literature...their scholarship is unmistakable and their shared knowledge startlingly comprehensive. The overall tone of the work is relatively conversational, a style that well befits the obvious familiarity of the authors with the tenets of evolutionary theory and their knowledge of mental conditions. Well thought out, well-structured, and well written...the application of their ideas is both comparatively straightforward and appropriately provocative." — Metapsychology (Mental Help Net's Bookstore)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195353747
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/1998
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Rome Medical School, Tor Vergata

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Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Darwinian Psychiatry: The Context 3
Ch. 2 Diagnosing and Explaining Mental Conditions 13
Ch. 3 Evolutionary Concepts Important to Psychiatry 35
Ch. 4 A Theory of Behavior 60
Ch. 5 Mechanisms, Symptoms, and Affects 89
Ch. 6 Information Recognition and Signaling 118
Ch. 7 Evolutionary Models of Depression 149
Ch. 8 Regulation-Dysregulation Theory and Condition Triggering 168
Ch. 9 Personality Conditions 179
Ch. 10 Anorexia Nervosa 201
Ch. 11 Schizophrenia 207
Ch. 12 Phobias 215
Ch. 13 Other Conditions 220
Ch. 14 Dysthymic Disorder: A Study of Infrastructural Suboptimality 234
Ch. 15 Intervention Strategies 253
Ch. 16 Key Points 275
Appendix 283
References 289
Index 333
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