The Concepts of Psychiatry: A Pluralistic Approach to the Mind and Mental Illness

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JHU Press, 1 dic. 2004 - 368 páginas

Because most psychiatric illnesses are complex phenomena, no single method or approach is sufficient to explain them or the experiences of persons who suffer from them. In The Concepts of Psychiatry S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D. argues that the discipline of psychiatry can therefore be understood best from a pluralistic perspective. Grounding his approach in the works of Paul McHugh, Phillip Slavney, Leston Havens, and others, Ghaemi incorporates a more explicitly philosophical discussion of the strengths of a pluralistic model and the weaknesses of other approaches, such as biological or psychoanalytic theories, the biopsychosocial model, or eclecticism.

Ghaemi's methodology is twofold: on the one hand, he applies philosophical ideas, such as utilitarian versus duty-based ethical models, to psychiatric practice. On the other hand, he subjects clinical psychiatric phenomena, such as psychosis or the Kraepelin nosology, to a conceptual analysis that is philosophically informed. This book will be of interest to professionals and students in psychiatry, as well as psychologists, social workers, philosophers, and general readers who are interested in understanding the field of psychiatry and its practices at a conceptual level.

 

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Índice

The Status Quo Dogmatism the Biopsychosocial Model and Alternatives
3
What There Is Of Mind and Brain
24
How We Know Understanding the Mind
33
What Is Scientific Method?
41
Reading Karl Jasperss General Psychopathology
54
What Is Scientific Method in Psychiatry?
78
Darwins Dangerous Method The Essentialist Fallacy
94
What We Value The Ethics of Psychiatry
104
Lifes Roller Coaster Mania
219
Being SelfAware Insight
226
Psychopharmacology Calvinism or Hedonism?
240
Truth and Statistics Problems of Empirical Psychiatry
251
A Climate of Opinion What Remains of Psychoanalysis
264
Being There Existential Psychotherapy
270
Beyond Eclecticism Integrating Psychotherapy and Psychopharmacology
283
Part III After Eclecticism
289

Desire and Self Hellenistic and Eastern Approaches
116
What Clinicians Do and Why
133
On the Nature of Mental Illness Disease or Myth?
135
Order out of Chaos? The Evolution of Psychiatric Nosology
148
A Theory of DSMIV Ideal Types
175
Dimensions versus Categories
185
The Perils of Belief Psychosis
204
The Slings and Arrows of Outrageous Fortune Depression
209
Bridging the BiologyPsychology Dichotomy The Hopes of Integrationism
291
Why It Is Hard to Be Pluralist
299
Afterword
309
Notes
311
References
321
Index
331
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S. Nassir Ghaemi, M.D., M.P.H., is director of the Bipolar Disorder Research Program at Emory University School of Medicine.

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