Introduction to Psychopathology

Overview

Assessment and referral skills are essential for counsellors and psychotherapists. Practitioners need to have an understanding of the clinical manifestations of severe emotional distress. They must, for example, be able to recognise when clients are a suicide risk, or when they are suffering from a psychotic episode. This lively textbook provides a clear overview of the issues involved in our understanding of psychopathology and offers guidelines on appropriate interventions. Alessandra Lemma explores a range of ...
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Overview

Assessment and referral skills are essential for counsellors and psychotherapists. Practitioners need to have an understanding of the clinical manifestations of severe emotional distress. They must, for example, be able to recognise when clients are a suicide risk, or when they are suffering from a psychotic episode. This lively textbook provides a clear overview of the issues involved in our understanding of psychopathology and offers guidelines on appropriate interventions. Alessandra Lemma explores a range of key topics, covering how psychiatric diagnoses and classifications are arrived at, and the issues that can arise when working in conjunction with other mental health practitioners, such as psychiatrists. She addresses the needs of practitioners in relation to some of the more common forms of mental distress - depression, anxiety and eating problems - as well as some of the more controversial diagnoses, for instance schizophrenia and 'borderline personality disorder'. The book concludes with a discussion of alternatives to mainstream approaches, including those which seek to deconstruct the concept of psychopathology. Introduction to Psychopathology offers a framework for assessing clients which incorporates a broad range of models and approaches, taking into account psychological, social and biological factors. It will be an invaluable resource for students of counselling/counselling psychology, psychotherapy and clinical psychology.

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Lemma clinical health psychology, U. College, London offers a framework for assessing clients that incorporates a broad range of models and approaches, taking into account psychological, social, and biological factors. For student or practicing counselors and psychotherapists, improves the understanding of the clinical manifestations of severe emotional distress in order to identify when a patient is at risk of suicide or suffering from a psychotic episode. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780803974708
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 8/22/1996
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.37 (w) x 9.53 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Alessandra Lemma is a practising Chartered Clinical and Counselling Psychologist. She also works as an adult psychotherapist and is a clinical tutor in the Sub-Department of Clinical Health Psychology at University College London.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
1 What is Psychopathology? 1
2 Developmental Psychopathology 24
3 Assessment 36
4 The Management of Referrals 54
5 Depression 71
6 Suicide and Self-harm 88
7 Anxiety 105
8 Eating Problems 125
9 Psychosis 154
10 Personality Disorders 179
11 Conclusion 199
References 207
Index 225
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