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Descriptive Psychopathology
The Signs and Symptoms of Behavioral Disorders


  • Date Published: November 2008
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521713917

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  • In order to accurately describe and diagnose psychiatric illness, practitioners require in-depth knowledge of the signs and symptoms of behavioral disorders. Descriptive Psychopathology provides a broad review of the psychopathology of psychiatric illness, beyond the limitations of the DSM and ICD criteria. Beginning with a discussion of the background to psychiatric classification, the authors explore the problems and limitations of current diagnostic systems. The following chapters then present the principles of psychiatric examination and diagnosis, described with accompanying patient vignettes and summary tables, and related to different diagnostic concerns. A thought-provoking conclusion proposes a restructuring of psychiatric classification based on the psychopathology literature and its validating data. Written for psychiatry and neurology residents, clinical psychologists, behavioral neurologists, clinical psychology students and psychiatric nurse practitioners, it is invaluable to anyone who accepts the responsibility for the care of patients with behavioral syndromes.

    • Describes the signs and symptoms of psychiatric illness critical for diagnosis and treatment
    • Includes tables summarising the main teaching points, patient vignettes and 'virtual' examples of diagnostic decision making
    • Provides a logical and practical approach to diagnosis and patient evaluation and examination
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    'As a psychiatric resident, I feel fortunate to have read this book early in my career to help shape the way I learn psychiatry and to care for patients with brain disease. The book is very complete in its description of various psychiatric disorders and should be recommended to psychiatric and neurology residents in training.' Aaron Plattner, Rush University Medical Centre

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    Product details

    • Date Published: November 2008
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521713917
    • length: 498 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 23 mm
    • weight: 0.99kg
    • contains: 59 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Present, Past, and Future:
    1. Beyond the DSM and ICD - a rationale for understanding and using descriptive psychopathology
    2. A history of psychiatric classification
    3. The brain and psychopathology
    Part II. The Neuropsychiatic Evaluation:
    4. The neuropsychiatic evaluation - principles of descriptive psychopathology and the diagnostic process
    5. The neuropsychiatic evaluation - examination style, structure, and technique
    Part III. Examination Domains:
    6. Psychopathology of everyday behavior and general appearance
    7. Disturbances of motor function
    8. Disturbances in emotional experience
    9. Disturbances in speech and language
    10. Perceptual disturbances
    11. Delusions and abnormal thought content
    12. Obsessive-compulsive behaviors
    13. Cognitive testing and the psychopathology of cognitive dysfunction
    14. Personality
    15. Abnormal trait behaviors: personality disorder
    Part IV. Evidence-based Classification:
    16. Evidence-based classification

  • Authors

    Michael Alan Taylor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Michael Alan Taylor is Adjunct Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

    Nutan Atre Vaidya, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Chicago
    Nutan Atre Vaidya is Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, Illinois, USA.

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