Darwinian Psychiatry

Hardcover | April 1, 1998

byMichael McGuire, Alfonso Troisi

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For years, psychiatry has operated without a unified theory of behavior; instead, it has spawned a pluralism of approaches--including biomedical, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and sociocultural models--each with radically different explanations for various clinical disorders. In DarwinianPsychiatry, Michael T. McGuire and Alfonso Troisi provide a conceptual framework for integrating many features of prevailing models. Based on Darwinian theory rather than traditional approaches, the book offers clinicians a fundamentally new perspective for looking at the etiology, pathogenesis,diagnosis, and treatment of psychiatric disorders. Writing from this innovative theoretical position, the authors discuss the origin of pathological conditions, the adaptation of symptoms and syndromes, the biological basis of social relations, and many other key concepts. This groundbreaking book will introduce those who study and are involved inthe alleviation of mental suffering to an approach that will lead to radical changes in clinical practice. The authors suggest that when making diagnostic assessments, psychiatrists should evaluate not only the patients' symptoms but also their functional capacities, and that therapeuticinterventions should work toward the achievement of biological goals. Providing an essential framework for understanding both everyday human behavior and a range of mental disorders, Darwinian Psychiatry will appeal to all mental health professionals and general readers interested in humanpsychology and behavior.

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For years, psychiatry has operated without a unified theory of behavior; instead, it has spawned a pluralism of approaches--including biomedical, psychoanalytic, behavioral, and sociocultural models--each with radically different explanations for various clinical disorders. In DarwinianPsychiatry, Michael T. McGuire and Alfonso Troisi ...

Michael McGuire is at University of California, Los Angeles. Alfredo Troisi is at University of Rome.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:360 pages, 9.29 × 6.42 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195116739

ISBN - 13:9780195116731

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Table of Contents

I. Introduction1. Darwinian psychiatry--the context2. Diagnosing and explaining disorders/conditionsII. An evolutionary context for disorders3. Evolutionary concepts important to psychiatry4. A theory of behavior5. Mechanisms, emotions, moods, symptoms, and affects6. Information processing7. Evolutionary models of disorders/conditions8. Regulation-dysregulation theoryIII. Disorders and conditions in evolutionary context9. Personality disorders10. Anorexia nervosa11. Schizophrenia12. Phobias13. Other conditions14. Dysthymic disorder: a study of infrastructural suboptimalityIV. Treatment in evolutionary context15. Treatment in evolutionary contextV. Conclusion16. Summary and conclusion

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"Darwinian Psychiatry represents a encyclopedic, ambitious and well-argued attempt to convince its readers that the field of psychiatry would benefit from the explicit incorporation of evolutionary theory, and offers nothing short of a complete reconceptualization of mental disorders. McGuireand Troisi are writers of considerable distinction in the psychiatry literature...their scholarship is unmistakable and their shared knowledge startlingly comprehensive. The overall tone of the work is relatively conversational, a style that well befits the obvious familiarity of the authors withthe tenets of evolutionary theory and their knowledge of mental conditions. Well thought out, well-structured, and well written...the application of their ideas is both comparatively straightforward and appropriately provocative." -- Metapsychology (Mental Help Net's Bookstore)