Nature and Nurture in Psychiatry: A Predisposition-Stress Model of Mental Disorders / Edition 1

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The age-old debate of nature versus nurture is nothing new to psychiatry. Most in the field recognize the importance both have in contributing to the development of psychiatric disorders. However, very few clinicians use an interactive approach to uncover the complex causes of mental disorders.

Presenting cutting-edge research on the biological and psychosocial factors contributing to mental illness, Nature and Nurture in Psychiatry demonstrates how the predisposition-stress model goes a long way towards addressing the complex origins of psychopathology.

Evidence from twin, adoption, and family history studies; biological markers; and genetic mapping shows how individual variations in susceptibility are measured. This book reviews the mechanisms by which genes shape predispositions to medical and psychiatric illness as well as the mechanisms by which environmental stressors precipitate mental disorders.

Specifically, this resource illustrates the application of the predisposition- stress model to major psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia, depression, anxiety disorders, attention deficit and conduct disorders, eating disorders, substance abuse, posttraumatic stress disorder, and personality disorders. It also discusses how the model can be used as a guide in treating and preventing these disorders.

Dr. Paris examined hundreds of research reports and drew from his own 25 years of clinical experience to create an invaluable reference for the practicing clinician. It is complete with an extensive reference list of over 600 publications to aid you in further research.

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Basing his ideas on his extensive clinical and research experience with patients with personality disorders, in combination with studies on family history and genetics, Paris (psychiatry, McGill U.) presents an interactive nature nurture model with practical clinical, preventive, and research implications beyond reductionism. Adopting the predisposition-stress theory from other areas of medicine reaffirms psychiatry's pre-psychodynamic roots. Includes 40 pages of references. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780880487818
  • Publisher: American Psychiatric Publishing, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Paris, M.D., is Professor of Psychiatry at McGill University and Sir Mortimer B. Davis-Jewish General Hospital in Montreal, Canada.

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Table of Contents

Introduction. Part I: Theory. Historical overview. Genetic predispositions to disease. The role of environmental stressors. The psychoanalytic model. Nature and nurture in the social sciences. Predisposition and stress in medical illness. Part II: Mental Disorders. Disorders, diagnoses, and traits. Schizophrenia. Mood disorders. Anxiety disorders and other neuroses. Posttraumatic stress disorder. Substance abuse. Eating disorders. Disorders arising in childhood. Personality disorders. Part III: Implications. Clinical implications. Preventive and research implications. Index.

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