Darwinian Psychiatry / Edition 1

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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.

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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: 9780195116731
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Publication date: 4/16/1998
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 360
  • Sales rank: 1,067,021
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

University of California, Los Angeles

University of Rome Medical School, Tor Vergata

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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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