Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer's Guide by Vivian Shnaidman

Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer's Guide

byVivian ShnaidmanEditorVivian Shnaidman

Hardcover | January 20, 2016

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Lawyers frequently encounter clients and/or cases of bizarre behavior, mental illness, substance abuse, psychopathy, sexual offenses, learning disorders, birth defects, and other behavioral and emotional issues. Often they are ill-prepared to understand the nature of the psychiatric report, how the psychiatric assessment was structured, and how to best utilize and challenge these reports in court.
Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer's Guideprovides legal professionals the tools to identify mentally ill clients and help them navigate through the psychiatric information and language in reports and testimony. Topics include why a forensic psychiatrist is necessary, applications of psychiatry to law, various psychiatric disorders, and utilizing the expert witness.

  • A user-friendly roadmap to psychiatry for the non-psychiatrist covers why you need a forensic psychiatrist and the applications of psychiatry to law
  • Provides coverage of the mental status examination, common psychiatric diagnoses, treatable disorders versus brain damage, medical problems masquerading as mental illness, and much more
  • Includes a full glossary of psychiatric terms as an additional easy reference guide

About The Author

Vivian Chern Shnaidman's interest in forensic psychiatry started long before she even knew what forensic psychiatry was. While majoring in Psychology at Bryn Mawr College, she told a friend that she planned to be the psychiatrist who goes to court and tells everyone what is really happening in the case. She went on to study medicine at...

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Title:Forensic Psychiatry: A Lawyer's GuideFormat:HardcoverDimensions:214 pages, 9.41 × 7.24 × 0.98 inPublished:January 20, 2016Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0128028521

ISBN - 13:9780128028520

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Why you need a forensic psychiatrist
Chapter 2: What is psychiatry?
Chapter 3: Applications of psychiatry to law
Chapter 4: The Mental Status Examination
Chapter 5: Common psychiatric diagnoses
Chapter 6: Bad vs. Mad
Chapter 7: Critical concept in competency
Chapter 8: Treatable disorders vs brain damage
Chapter 9: Medical problems
Chapter 10: Hearing voices
Chapter 11: Your Expert Witness
Chapter 12: Summary and conclusions
Glossary of Terms