The Madness Within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process

Hardcover | November 12, 2009

byRobert Freedman

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Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating and mysterious mental illnesses. People with schizophrenia have the unique sensation that their brain is being taken over by external entities and that their heads are filled with voices that are not their own. Although it is increasingly recognizedas a biological illness of the brain, it also has profound psychological implications for how we perceive reality. The Madness Within Us: Schizophrenia as a Neuronal Process is an illuminating discussion of these two aspects of the illness. Dr. Robert Freedman, who is both a neuroscientist and a practicing clinical psychiatrist, outlines the emerging understanding of shizophrenia as a neurobiological illness andshows how these new insights can be used as a bridge to the psychological understanding of the delusions and hallucinations. He combines the findings of modern brain science with insights from the clinical practitioner's empathic listening to patients as they describe their problems.

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Schizophrenia is one of the most devastating and mysterious mental illnesses. People with schizophrenia have the unique sensation that their brain is being taken over by external entities and that their heads are filled with voices that are not their own. Although it is increasingly recognizedas a biological illness of the brain, it al...

Robert Freedman, MD is Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at the University of Colorado and the Editor-in-Chief of the American Journal of Psychiatry. He is a graduate of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 6.1 × 9.29 × 0.79 inPublished:November 12, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019530747X

ISBN - 13:9780195307474

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Table of Contents

Preface1. Schizophrenia as a Philosopher's Concern2. The Clinical Symptoms of Schizophrenia3. The Neurobiology of Sensory Gating Deficits4. Further thoughts on the fine tuning of sensory gating5. An Insight from Genetic Studies of Schizophrenia6. Paranoid Conviction7. Treatment of Schizophrenia8. Beyond the Dopamine Theory9. Talking with a person who has schizophrenia10. Developmental Course of Schizophrenia11. A Final Piece of Neurobiology-and a Final Thought