Darwinian Psychiatry / Edition 1

Darwinian Psychiatry / Edition 1

by Michael McGuire, Alfonso Troisi, Alfredo Troisi
     
 

Can evolutionary theory explain depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders? The authors re-examine this old question in light of curren t research and show that evolution may indeed provide the essential fr amework for understanding both everyday human behavior and a range of mental ailments. Their discussion includes up-to-date research on emot ions, moods,

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Can evolutionary theory explain depression, anxiety, and other mental disorders? The authors re-examine this old question in light of curren t research and show that evolution may indeed provide the essential fr amework for understanding both everyday human behavior and a range of mental ailments. Their discussion includes up-to-date research on emot ions, moods, symptoms, and mental processing. The authors make a compe lling case for the view that prominent features of mental disorders ar e simply adaptive responses to the environment and life's circumstance s and that these responses can only be understood in the context of ou r long evolutionary past.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195116731
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
04/16/1998
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
360
Sales rank:
1,152,537
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

I. Introduction
1. Darwinian psychiatry—the context
2. Diagnosing and explaining disorders/conditions
II. An evolutionary context for disorders
3. Evolutionary concepts important to psychiatry
4. A theory of behavior
5. Mechanisms, emotions, moods, symptoms, and affects
6. Information processing
7. Evolutionary models of disorders/conditions
8. Regulation-dysregulation theory
III. Disorders and conditions in evolutionary context
9. Personality disorders
10. Anorexia nervosa
11. Schizophrenia
12. Phobias
13. Other conditions
14. Dysthymic disorder: a study of infrastructural suboptimality
IV. Treatment in evolutionary context
15. Treatment in evolutionary context
V. Conclusion
16. Summary and conclusion

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