Textbook of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine: The Origins of Psychopathology

Paperback | December 15, 2015

byMartin Brune

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Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine are concerned with medical conditions affecting brain, mind and behaviour in manifold ways. Traditional approaches have focused on a restricted array of potential causes of psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions - including adverse experiences such astrauma, neglect or abuse, genetic vulnerability and epigenetic regulation of gene expression. Whilst essential for the understanding of mental disorders, these approaches have disregarded important questions such as why the human mind is vulnerable to dysfunction at all. The Textbook of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine updates and expands the previous edition to provide answers to these questions by emphasising an evolutionary perspective on psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions. It explains how the human brain/mind has been shaped by naturaland sexual selection; why adaptations to environmental conditions in our evolutionary past may nowadays work in suboptimal ways; and how human cognition, emotions, and behaviour can be scientifically framed to improve our understanding of how people try to attain important biosocial goals pertainingto one's status in society, mating, eliciting and providing care, and maintaining rewarding relationships. The evolutionary topics relevant to the understanding of psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions include the concepts of genetic plasticity, life history theory, stress regulation and immunological aspects. In addition, it is argued that an evolutionary framework is also necessary to understand howpsychotherapy and psychopharmacology work to improve the lives of patients with psychiatric and psychosomatic disorders. The Textbook of Evolutionary Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine is a valuable text for all students of Psychology, Medicine, and Psychotherapy who seek an understanding of the evolutionary issues surrounding health and disease.

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Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine are concerned with medical conditions affecting brain, mind and behaviour in manifold ways. Traditional approaches have focused on a restricted array of potential causes of psychiatric and psychosomatic conditions - including adverse experiences such astrauma, neglect or abuse, genetic vulnerabilit...

Martin Brune was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1962. He graduated in medicine at the Westphalian Wilhelms University in Munster in 1988. He completed his neurology training in 1993, and his psychiatry training in 1995. His subsequent training included a Visiting Research Scientist fellowship at the Centre for the Mind, a joint venture ...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 0.01 inPublished:December 15, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198717946

ISBN - 13:9780198717942

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Table of Contents

Part I: Theoretical background1. Principles of evolutionary theory, evolutionary psychology and genetics2. The human brain: Anatomy, evolution and function3. Human life history4. Causes of psychopathology5. Psychiatric assessmentPart II: Psychiatric disorders6. Autism7. Attention deficit / hyperactivity disorder8. Schizophrenia spectrum disorders9. Bipolar disorder10. Depressive disorder11. Anxiety disorders12. Obsessive compulsive disorder13. Trauma- and stressor-related disorders14. Somatic symptom and related disorders15. Feeding and eating disorders16. Sexual dysfunctions17. Substance related and addictive disorders18. Neurocognitive disorders19. Personality disordersPart III: Special topics20. Suicide and self-injurious behaviour21. Forensic aspects of psychiatric disorders22. Psychotherapy23. Psychotropic medication24. EpilogueReferences

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"This superb book covers the evolutionary underpinnings and basis of psychotherapy...a significant contribution to psychiatry and should be essential reading for any psychiatrist in training...outstanding." --Michael J Schrift, DO, MA, College of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago Jan 09