Points of View: Stories of Psychopathology

Points of View: Stories of Psychopathology

by James E. Mitchell
     
 

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Points of View</EM> is desingned to provide students at various levels of experience and training with illustrative examples of individuals with different forms of psychopathology. The work is designed primarily for students who are studying descriptive psychopathology, including psychiatric residents, medical students on psychiatry rotations graduate students

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Points of View</EM> is desingned to provide students at various levels of experience and training with illustrative examples of individuals with different forms of psychopathology. The work is designed primarily for students who are studying descriptive psychopathology, including psychiatric residents, medical students on psychiatry rotations graduate students in psychology, or students in various related mental health fields, including psychiatric nursing, social work, and school counseling. The stories are written to illustrate the key elements of psychopathology for these various disorders.
Each is written from two perspectives: the perspective of the individual who has the disorder, and the perspective of someone else in their environment (e.g. a family member, a friend, a doctor). The thoughts of these individuals, as opposed to their speech, are given in parentheses.  This design was chosen to attempt to illustrate not only how people with these disorders think and feel themselves but also how they appear to other people around them.  The emphasis, therefore, is on the difficulties, often the suffering, experienced by people with various mental illnesses, and also on the adverse impact these illnesses have on others, which is often substantial.

Editorial Reviews

3 Stars from Doody
Cindy L. Gilbert
This book offers an interesting approach to illuminating psychiatric disorders. It is written in clear, simple language making it highly accessible. The case vignettes are helpful in clarifying the various ways symptoms can manifest. The aim is to provide beginning practitioners with a mental picture of how psychiatric disorders mainfest themselves in patients in real life. The stories demonstrate how subtle symptoms can sometimes be. For individuals just entering the field, this can be extremely helpful. The author indicates that the book is intended for students in various mental health fields including psychiatry, psychology, and social work. The careful, clear, simple language lends itself easily to student use. The author appears to have vast experience with a wide variety of psychiatric issues, as is evident by this credible work. The book is arranged in 11 sections with a total of 24 chapters. The chapters are brief and easy-to-read. Each one begins with the DSM-IV diagnostic criteria for a particular disorder, suggests some points to consider while reading the vignette, and proceeds to the vignette itself. Each chapter concludes with an analysis of the vignette for symptoms of the disorder in question and a few questions for further discussion or investigation by the student. One particularly nice point is in the prologue where the author admonishes readers to keep in mind their own personal biases both when reading this book and when working with real people. While he does describe how symptoms of various disorders will differ in children, he leaves out altogether the diagnostic category of disorders usually first diagnosed in childhood. This good introductory level textbook iswell laid out and interesting to read. The author presents information in simple language without seeming condescending. Instructors should find this a useful introduction to abnormal psychiatry.
Booknews
Mitchell (neuroscience, U. of North Dakota) provides students of mental health at various levels of experience and training with examples illustrating the problems of people with various forms of psychopathology. He tells stories about 24 disorders arranged in 11 categories based on the Fourth Edition (1994). Each is followed by a discussion, questions, and a list of further reading. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781135895358
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/11/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
225
File size:
2 MB

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