Madness Cracked

Hardcover | December 10, 2014

byMick Power

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The recent publication of a new edition of the American Diagnostic and Statistical manual (DSM-5) highlighted the two contrary viewpoints that exist within the field of mental health. There are those who value such classification systems, seeing each revision of the DSM as a fine-tuningexercise, and there are those who are strongly opposed, seeing such exercises as fundamentally flawed. Madness Cracked provides a fascinating introduction to the history of psychiatry and clinical psychology, looking at how these areas have attempted to classify the various problems and disorders that their practitioners have faced in everyday use. Within the book, Power argues that - like in otherareas of science - progress can only be made if the classification systems that are used have a sound theoretical basis. In addition, he outlines a model derived from work on cognition and emotion showing how, with appropriate modifications, it could provide a theoretical basis for classificationand diagnosis.Using extraordinary examples from the history of psychiatry and clinical psychology, along with fascinating case material, he shows how our current knowledge in psychology can be developed to provide the theoretical basis that the field needs. For anyone in the field of mental health, MadnessCracked is a thought-provoking and controversial new book.

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The recent publication of a new edition of the American Diagnostic and Statistical manual (DSM-5) highlighted the two contrary viewpoints that exist within the field of mental health. There are those who value such classification systems, seeing each revision of the DSM as a fine-tuningexercise, and there are those who are strongly opp...

Mick Power is a clinical psychologist who works in the psychology trauma services at the Royal Edinburgh Hospital. In the past he has worked at universities and hospitals in London, Milan, Tromso, Lisbon, and Beijing. For many years he has worked as an adviser to the World Health Organization on the measurement of quality of life and w...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 10, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198703872

ISBN - 13:9780198703877

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Table of Contents

1. A Brief History of Madness2. Diagnosis and Classification3. The Current Approach4. Disorders of Biological Drives5. Disorders of Social Drives6. Disorders of Emotions7. Disorders of Cognition8. Overview and ImplicationsReferences