Insight and Psychosisby Xavier F. Amador
The insight a patient shares into their own psychosis is fundamental to their condition - it goes to the heart of what we understand 'madness' to be. Can a person be expected to accept treatment for a condition that they deny they have? Can a person be held responsible for their actions if those actions are inspired by their own unique perceptions and beliefs -… See more details below
The insight a patient shares into their own psychosis is fundamental to their condition - it goes to the heart of what we understand 'madness' to be. Can a person be expected to accept treatment for a condition that they deny they have? Can a person be held responsible for their actions if those actions are inspired by their own unique perceptions and beliefs - beliefs that no-one else shares? The topic of insight in schizophrenia and related disorders has become a major focus of research in psychiatry and psychology. It has important clinical implications in terms of outcome, treatment adherence, competence, and forensic issues.
In order to study 'insight', a broad perspective is required. This involves applying knowledge from the cognitive and brain sciences, as well as from philosophy and the social sciences. Insight and Psychosis comprises a series of in-depth, well-referenced, scholarly overviews from each of these perspectives with a strong empirical foundation -- including in some cases the presentation of new data and meta-analysis of the published literature. These are integrated and synthesized by the editors, both acknowledged experts in the field. The scope is truly international and spans theoretical perspectives, clinical practice, and consumer views. The book will act as a source for students and researchers interested in pursuing any number of questions and controversies around lack of insight and awareness, and will guide clinical psychologists and psychiatrists who seek a broader view of the many facets of insight that might arise during their day-to-day work.
"...this is an essential read for any clinician or researcher starting off in the field of schizophrenia."British Journal of Psychiatry
Description: Impairment in insight is a fundamental problem in patients with psychopathology: it affects multiple issues including treatment decisions, patient outcome, criminal responsibility, and compliance. This is the second edition of this comprehensive book covering all the major aspects of this important and interesting problem. Written and edited by an array of internationally recognized clinician - investigators, this book is an outstanding contribution to the understanding of psychopathology and to the psychiatric literature.
Purpose: The purpose of this book, according to the editors, is to present a broad perspective to the study of insight, applying the knowledge from the cognitive and brain sciences, and from philosophy and the social sciences. Indeed, the chapter authors and editors have compiled a resource with significant depth and breadth in the study of insight.
Audience: The intended audience includes psychiatrists, clinical psychologists, researchers, and graduate students in psychology and psychiatry.
Features: The book features 402 pages divided into 4 parts containing 18 chapters and an index section. Part 1 covers the phenomenology of insight with chapters on assessment, conceptual history, psychiatric philosophy of insight, cognitive psychology, and insight in mood disorders. Part 2 reviews the neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric literature on insight with a chapter on insight into neurological and psychiatric disorders, neural correlates of anosognosia, and neuropsychological studies of insight. Part 3 focuses on socio-cultural and forensic aspects of insight. The final section contains chapters on the clinical and personal implications of poor insight. Each chapter concludes with relevant and timely references and the index section was helpful.
Assessment: This is a fascinating book focusing on a serious problem that interferes with successful patient care. This book is a necessary read for all clinicians who care for patients with mental illness.
- Oxford University Press, USA
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