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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Tammy Yuen, MD (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book provides a new approach to diagnose mental disorders.
Purpose: It identifies the most important issues relevant to mental disorders and finds alternative approaches to fit the actual phenomena. The book meets these worthwhile objectives.
Audience: Child and adolescent psychiatrists, general psychiatrists, and psychologists and social workers who see children and adolescents are the intended audience. All three authors are credible and knowledgeable authorities.
Features: This book helps clinicians to conceptualize mental disorders in a different way using the evolutionary and adaptational models. A helpful feature is that it shows how to apply the models to specific disorders. The book contains recommendations for DSM V in the last chapter. References after each chapter are helpful for those who wish further study.
Assessment: This well written and useful book enables a clinician to think beyond DSM IV in terms of diagnoses. It also encourages care providers to view treatments in a new approach and manner.