Descriptive Psychopathology: The Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders

Descriptive Psychopathology: The Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders

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Descriptive Psychopathology: The Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders

In order to accurately describe and diagnose psychiatric illness, practitioners require in-depth knowledge of the signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders. Descriptive Psychopathology provides a broad review of the psychopathology of psychiatric illness, beyond the limitations of the DSM and ICD criteria. Beginning with a discussion of the background to psychiatric classification, the authors explore the problems and limitations of current diagnostic systems. The following chapters then present the principles of psychiatric examination and diagnosis, described with accompanying patient vignettes and summary tables, and related to different diagnostic concerns. A thought-provoking conclusion proposes a restructuring of psychiatric classification based on the psychopathology literature and its validating data. Written for psychiatry and neurology residents, as well as clinical psychologists, it is invaluable to anyone who accepts the responsibility for the care of patients with behavioral syndromes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521713917
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 12/31/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 498
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Acknowledgments; Part I. Present, Past, and Future: 1. Beyond the DSM and ICD - a rationale for understanding and using descriptive psychopathology; 2. A history of psychiatric classification; 3. The brain and psychopathology; Part II. The Neuropsychiatic Evaluation: 4. The neuropsychiatic evaluation - principles of descriptive psychopathology and the diagnostic process; 5. The neuropsychiatic evaluation - examination style, structure, and technique; Part III. Examination Domains: 6. Psychopathology of everyday behavior and general appearance; 7. Disturbances of motor function; 8. Disturbances in emotional experience; 9. Disturbances in speech and language; 10. Perceptual disturbances; 11. Delusions and abnormal thought content; 12. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors; 13. Cognitive testing and the psychopathology of cognitive dysfunction; 14. Personality; 15. Abnormal trait behaviors: personality disorder; Part IV. Evidence-based Classification: 16. Evidence-based classification; References; Index.

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