Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model / Edition 1 by Hoyle Leigh | 9781441956705 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model / Edition 1

Genes, Memes, Culture, and Mental Illness: Toward an Integrative Model / Edition 1

by Hoyle Leigh
     
 

ISBN-10: 1441956700

ISBN-13: 9781441956705

Pub. Date: 05/19/2010

Publisher: Springer New York

What produces mental illness: genes, environment, both,neither? The answer can be found in memes—replicable units of information linking genes and environment in the memory and in culture—whose effects on individual brain development can be benign or toxic. This book reconceptualizes mental disorders as products of stressful gene-meme interactions and

Overview

What produces mental illness: genes, environment, both,neither? The answer can be found in memes—replicable units of information linking genes and environment in the memory and in culture—whose effects on individual brain development can be benign or toxic. This book reconceptualizes mental disorders as products of stressful gene-meme interactions and introduces a biopsychosocial template for meme-based diagnosis and treatment. A range of therapeutic modalities, both broad-spectrum (meditation) and specific(cognitive-behavioral), for countering negative memes and their replication are considered, as are possibilities for memetic prevention strategies. In this book, the author outlines the roles of genes and memes in the evolution of the human brain; elucidates the creation, storage, and evolution of memes within individual brains; examines culture as a carrier and supplier of memes to the individual; provides examples of gene-meme interactions that can result in anxiety, depression, and other disorders; proposes a multiaxial gene-meme model for diagnosing mental illness; identifies areas of meme-based prevention for at-risk children; and defines specific syndromes in terms of memetic symptoms, genetic/ memetic development, and meme-based treatment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441956705
Publisher:
Springer New York
Publication date:
05/19/2010
Edition description:
2010
Pages:
300
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.03(d)

Table of Contents

What Is Mental Illness? An Epigenetic Model.- Genes and Mental Illness.- How Does Stress Work? The Role of Memes in Epigenesis.- Culture and Mental Illness.- Genetic–Memetic Model of Mental Illness – Migration and Natural Disasters as Illustrations.- Evolution and Mental Health: Genes, Memes, Culture, and the Individual.- What Do We Inherit from Our Parents and Ancestors?.- Genes.- Evolution.- Learning, Imitation, and Memes.- Storage and Evolution of Memes in the Brain.- External Storage of Memes: Culture, Media, Cyberspace.- Culture and the Individual.- What Is Mental Health?.- What Is Mental Illness?.- Principles of Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Illness.- Psychiatric Diagnosis: Toward a Memetic–Epigenetic Multiaxial Model.- Memetic Diagnosis, Memetic Assessment and Biopsychosocial Epigenetic Formulation.- Principles of Memetic Therapy.- Broad-Spectrum Memetic Therapies.- Specific Memetic Therapies.- Genetic–Memetic Prevention.- Specific Psychiatric Syndromes.- Overview of Specific Syndromes.- Attention-Cognition Spectrum Syndromes: Delirium, Dementia, Impulse Control Syndromes, ADHD, Antisocial Personality, Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Traits, Obsessive-Compulsive Syndrome.- Anxiety-Mood Spectrum Syndromes: Anxiety, Panic, Phobias, ASD, PTSD, Borderline Syndrome, Dependent and Avoidant Personalities, Social Phobia, Bipolarity and Mania, Depression – Neurotic and Syndromic, Adjustment Disorders.- Reality Perception Spectrum Syndromes (Imagination, Dissociation, Conversion, Somatoform, Misattribution Somatization, Psychosis).- Pleasure Spectrum Syndromes (Substance Use/Abuse, Addictions to Substances and Beliefs, Fanaticism).- Primary Memetic Syndromes: Eating Disorders, Factitious Disorders, Malingering, Meme-Directed Destructive Behaviors.- Challenges for the Future.

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