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.