Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning / Edition 2

Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning / Edition 2

by Anthony Stevens, John Price
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0415219795

ISBN-13: 9780415219792

Pub. Date: 08/28/2000

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Challenging a medical model which has supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums, Evolutionary Psychiatry proposes a new conceptual framework for psychiatry based on Darwinian theory.

Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate

Overview

Challenging a medical model which has supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums, Evolutionary Psychiatry proposes a new conceptual framework for psychiatry based on Darwinian theory.

Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. They propose theories to account for the widespread existence of affective disorders, borderline states and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for puzzles such as sadomasochism and the function of dreams.

This comprehensive introduction to the new science of Darwinian Psychiatry is readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader. It describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and show how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415219792
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/28/2000
Edition description:
REV
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Part I Evolutionary Psychiatry: An Introduction

1 Historical Background

2 Human Nature: Its Evolution and Development

3 Principles of Psychopathology

4 Attachment, Rank, and Psychiatry

Part II Disorders of Attachment and Rank

5 Affective Disorders

6 Personality Disorders

7 Obsessional Disorders

8 Anxiety and Phobic Disorders

9 Eating Disorders

Part III Borderline State

10 The Borderline State

11 Borderline Personality Disorders

12 Spacing Personality Disorders

13 Schizophrenia

Part V Reproductive Disorders

14 Reproductive Success and Failure

15 Homosexuality

16 Sadomasochism

Part VI Dreams, Treatment, and the Failure

17 Sleep and Dreams

18 Classification

19 Treatment

20 Towards a Science of Humanity

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