Insight and Psychosis

Insight and Psychosis

by Xavier F. Amador
     
 

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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

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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 new edition of this unique bok shows how we can better understand the patient's view of their illness, and provides valuable advice for all those involved in the treatment of mental illness.

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Reviewer: Michael Joel Schrift, DO, MA (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine)
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.
From the Publisher
"This is a book that should be read by all health professionals."—Mental Health Today

"...this is an essential read for any clinician or researcher starting off in the field of schizophrenia."—British Journal of Psychiatry

Nancy P. Schell
This book examines the nature of insight, especially in psychosis: its possible genesis, cultural variances, and implications in clinical care. It is written by an international group of experts in psychiatry, psychology, sociology, philosophy, anthropology, and neuroscience. "Addressing the problem of poor insight in psychotic disorders, the aim is to bring together in a single text the most relevant and current approaches to understanding insight and its role in the treatment of psychotic disorders. "The audience is not explicitly stated by the editors, though it seems most likely geared toward psychiatrists and psychologists. "The phenomenology of insight and the history of its conceptualization and study are covered, including widely disparate approaches from areas such as philosophy and sociology to clinical difficulties in the measurement of subjective experiences. Possible origins of insight are also discussed, with the objective of integrating neuroscience with philosophies of the mind. Cross-cultural differences are explored, and finally impacts on compliance, violence, and education are considered. This book is very comprehensive and current. "This is a thorough compilation of work from various disciplines exploring self-awareness. It is a bold and successful attempt at dealing with an ambiguous, elusive, yet very important topic in psychiatry. It is highly recommended.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198525684
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.50(h) x 0.90(d)

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