Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis

Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis

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This is the sixth edition of Adult Psychopathology and Diagnosis and the first that does not bear Samuel M. Turner’s name due to his untimely passing. But his spirit is here, and Deborah Beidel and I dedicate this volume to him.

Since publication of the previous edition, new data continue to emerge that force us to continuously reconsider how we approach and conceptualize psychological disorders. Psychopathology is a vibrant field and continuing discoveries regarding the roles of genetics, neurobiology, and behavior require that we continue to update this volume for students and professionals alike. We believe that our eminent authors have captured both major changes and more nuanced findings in their respective chapters.

The sixth edition contains 19 chapters divided into two parts (Part I: Overview; Part II: Specific Disorders). Part I has four chapters by experts in the field: Chapter 1: Mental Disorders as Discrete Clinical Conditions: Dimensional Versus Categorical Classification; Chapter 2: The Problem of Dual Diagnosis; Chapter 3: Structured and Semistructured Interviews for Differential Diagnosis: Fundamentals, Applications, and Essential Features; and Chapter 4: Impact of Race and Ethnicity on the Expression, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Psychopathology.

Part II on Specific Disorders includes 15 chapters that cover many of the diagnostic entities and problems seen in daily clinical work by our colleagues in hospitals, clinics, and private practice. Approximately 30% of the chapters have new authors for this edition. Additionally, as a testament to the vibrancy of the field of psychopathology, the former anxiety disorders chapter has now been split into two chapters: (Chapter 11: Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Social Anxiety Disorder, and Specific Phobias; and Chapter 12: Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, and Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder) in order to adequately address the extensive work in these areas. Furthermore, Gender Identity Disorders has been removed from the Sexual Disorders and Paraphilias chapter and now stands as Chapter 16.

To the extent possible, we have asked our gracious contributors to follow a standard format. Exceptions, of course, were granted as dictated by the data inherent in each chapter. Generally, however, each chapter has a Description of the Disorder, a Case Study, and material documenting Epidemiology, Clinical Picture, Course and Prognosis, Diagnostic Considerations, Psychological and Biological Assessment, and Etiological Considerations. Each chapter also contains a Summary.

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