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Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense
Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense

Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense

by Brad Bowins


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Understanding the true nature of mental illness is essential for interpreting disparate research results, establishing accurate diagnostic profiles, setting robust research agendas, and optimizing therapeutic interventions. Psychopathology currently lacks a unifying framework. Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense provides such a framework by filling the knowledge gap. Continuums, as opposed to numerous discrete entities, characterize mental illness. Impaired regulation fosters extreme expressions of mental illness continuums, an occurrence that can be compensated for by "cognitive regulatory control therapies." Defenses tend to moderate behavior, although excessive levels foster dysfunction, as with personality disorders. The model presented aligns with neuroscience and other relevant data, thereby placing psychopathology on a more scientific foundation to advance the aims of both researchers and treatment providers.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781138200609
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 11/08/2016
Pages: 234
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Brad Bowins, MD, directs the Centre for Theoretical Research in Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, which he founded to advance theoretical research, provide guidelines, and support research on mental illness.

Table of Contents

Author Biography Acknowledgement 1. Introduction 2. Depression 3.Anxiety 4. Hypomania-Mania 5. Psychosis 6. Negative Symptoms 7. Dissociation 8. Eating Disorders 9. Reinforcement-Based Disorders 10. Personality Disorders 11. Diagnostic Considerations 12. Conclusion Index

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