Theory and Practice of Psychiatry

Paperback | February 15, 2003

byBruce J. Cohen

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Based on years of teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents, this single-authored textbook offers a conversational yet detailed guide to modern psychiatric theory and practice. Exploring various approaches to psychiatric disorders - including neurobiology, dimensional personalityassessment, behavioral science, and psychodynamic and cognitive theories - it lucidly illustrates each approach's strengths and weaknesses and suggests how clinicians can interweave them in working with patients. Using clinical vignettes and recent research findings to illustrate the connectionsbetween phenomenology, pathophysiology, and treatment, it covers all of the major psychiatric disorders and includes tables listing their DSM-IV-TR diagnostic criteria. The book offers balanced coverage of subjects that receive scant attention in other introductory textbooks, including the limitations of the DSM-IV categorical approach to psychiatric diagnosis, controversies surrounding the dissociative disorders and "recovered memories," and the prescription ofstimulant medications to children with suspected attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Later chapters provide practical guidelines for estimating a patient's risk of suicide and violence and for assessing competence to consent to medical or psychiatric treatment. In eschewing a dry recitationof clinical syndromes for an engaging discussion aimed at teaching the reader how to "think psychiatrically," the book will appeal to medical students, psychiatric residents, mental health clinicians, and primary care physicians.

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Based on years of teaching psychiatry to medical students and residents, this single-authored textbook offers a conversational yet detailed guide to modern psychiatric theory and practice. Exploring various approaches to psychiatric disorders - including neurobiology, dimensional personalityassessment, behavioral science, and psychody...

Bruce J. Cohen is at University of Virginia.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 6.89 × 9.8 × 1.18 inPublished:February 15, 2003Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195149386

ISBN - 13:9780195149388

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Table of Contents

1. Mental Life and Its Assessment2. The Psychiatric Evaluation3. Psychiatric Formulation from Multiple Perspectives4. Clinical Neurobiology from Multiple Perspectives5. Delirium6. Dementia7. Mood Disorders8. Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders9. Anxiety Disorders10. Personality Disorders11. Eating Disorders12. Substance-Related Disorders13. Somatoform Disorders14. Dissociative Disorders15. Sexual and Gender Identity Disorders16. Suicide17. Violence18. Psychotherapy19. Childhood Disorders20. Forensic Psychiatry

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"It blends theoretical musings with good practical approaches and a great deal of solid information. The book provides a thoughtful, topical overview of a constantly evolving and often misunderstood medical field of endeavor."--JAMA, October 2003, Vol. 290, No. 16