Persecutory Delusions: Assessment, Theory and Treatment

Paperback | September 7, 2008

EditorDaniel Freeman, Richard Bentall, Philippa Garety

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Paranoia is the fear that others intend to cause you harm. It occurs most dramatically as delusions of persecution in conditions such as schizophrenia, but it is related to suspicious thoughts that occur in some 10-20% of the general population. Typical concerns might be that people are tryingto harm you, saying bad things behind your back, deliberately irritating you, or conspiring against you. It is one of the most significant psychiatric problems, and increasingly, researchers and clinicians have begun to focus on understanding paranoid experience. In this landmark publication, the three major authorities in the field bring together the current knowledge about the assessment, understanding, and treatment of persecutory delusions. Leading experts in cognitive psychology, neuropsychology, psychiatry, social psychiatry, neuroimaging, andneuroscience explain their perspectives on paranoia. Pharmacological, cognitive, and family interventions are comprehensively reviewed, and personal accounts of paranoia are included. '"Persecutory Delusions" is an outstanding book that provides a unique update on the assessment, biological and psychological processes, and treatment of this important clinical phenomenon. Freeman, Bentall, and Garety, all seasoned clinicians who have also made valuable contributions to theoriesof delusions, have assembled world experts on this topic for the first time in this welcomed volume. The state-of-the-art summary of research, theory, and clinical practice related to persecutory delusions make this book a critical resource for anyone seeking to understand or treat psychosis.' Professor Kim T. Mueser, Dartmouth Medical School ' Delusions have long been known to psychiatry - but have largely been considered a subset of 'psychosis'. However, over the last decade a range of scientists, psychologists, phenomenologists, pharmacologists, and imagers have been studying delusions in their own right, and social epidemiologistsand geneticists have been looking for their causes in clinical populations and wider society. This book is the first to pull together these different perspectives under one cover. For scientists and practitioners who study and treat psychosis this is a remarkable resource. This will be a "go to"reference book for developing a comprehensive understanding of delusions.' Professor Shitij Kapur, Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London

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Paranoia is the fear that others intend to cause you harm. It occurs most dramatically as delusions of persecution in conditions such as schizophrenia, but it is related to suspicious thoughts that occur in some 10-20% of the general population. Typical concerns might be that people are tryingto harm you, saying bad things behind your ...

Daniel Freeman is a Wellcome Trust Fellow at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, and a consultant clinical psychologist in the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust. He publishes prolifically in the leading international journals, makes regular keynote addresses at international conferences, and is an Associate Editor of...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1 inPublished:September 7, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Peter Chadwick: A personal accountAssessment, Epidemiology and Prognosis2. Daniel Freeman: The assessment of persecutory ideation3. Bart Rutten, Jim van Os, Mari Dominguez and Lydia Krabbendam: Epidemiology and social factors: findings from the Netherlands Mental Health Survey and Incidence Study (NEMESIS)4. Martin Harrow, Thomas Jobe and Ellen Astrachan-Fletcher: Prognosis of persecutory delusions in schizophrenia: a 20-year longitudinal study5. Jayne Taylor: Violence and persecutory delusions6. Alistair Munro: Persecutory delusions in the setting of delusional disorderTheory - Psychological Processes7. Daniel Freeman, Philippa Garety and David Fowler: The puzzle of paranoia8. Richard Bentall, Peter Kinderman and Michael Moutoussis: The role of self-esteem in paranoid delusions: The psychology, neurophysiology and development of persecutory beliefs9. Dennis Combs and David Penn: Social cognition in paranoia10. Rhiannon Corcoran and Suzanne Kaiser: Persecutory delusions and theory of mind: long-standing debates and emerging issues11. Robyn Langdon, Ryan McKay and Max Coltheart: The cognitive neuropsychological understanding of persecutory delusionsTheory - Biological Processes12. Marc Laruelle: Dopamine and persecutory delusions13. Cecile Henquet, Marta Di Forti, Robin Murray and Jim van Os: The role of cannabis in inducing paranoia and psychosis14. Matt Broome and Philip McGuire: Imaging and persecutory delusionsTreatment - Overviews15. Paul Bebbington, Steve Pilling and Craig Whittington: Pharmacological treatment of persecutory delusions16. Philippa Garety, Richard Bentall and Daniel Freeman: The research evidence of the effectiveness of CBT for persecutory delusions17. Juliana Onwumere, Ben Smith and Elizabeth Kuipers: Family intervention in psychosis: working with persecutory delusionsTreatment - Therapy Examples18. Karl Murphy and Ben Smith: Coping with paranoia: a first person account developed during cognitive behavioural therapy for psychosis19. Sophie Parker, Samantha Bowe and Anthony Morrison: Cognitive therapy for suspiciousness and paranoia in individuals at high-risk of developing psychosis20. David Kingdon, Katie Ashcroft and Douglas Turkington: Cognitive behaviour therapy for persecutory delusions: three case studies21. Paul Chadwick and Peter Trower: Person-based cognitive therapy for paranoia: the challenges of Poor Me