9780415219785

Evolutionary Psychiatry, second edition: A New Beginning

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  • ISBN13:

    9780415219785

  • ISBN10:

    0415219787

  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2000-08-11
  • Publisher: ROUTLEDGE

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Summary

Challenging a medical model which has supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums, Evolutionary Psychiatry proposes a new conceptual framework for psychiatry based on Darwinian theory.Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. They propose theories to account for the widespread existence of affective disorders, borderline states and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for puzzles such as sadomasochism and the function of dreams.This comprehensive introduction to the new science of Darwinian Psychiatry is readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader. It describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and show how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.

Author Biography

Anthony Stevens is a psychiatrist, Jungian analyst, and author

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
vii
Preface to the first edition ix
Preface to the second edition xi
Acknowledgements xiv
Part I Evolutionary psychiatry: an introduction
Historical Background
3(8)
Human Nature: Its Evolution and Development
11(19)
Principles of Psychopathology
30(14)
Attachment, Rank, and Psychiatry
44(15)
Part II Disorders of attachment and rank
Mood Disorders
59(25)
Personality Disorders
84(10)
Obsessional Disorders
94(4)
Anxiety and Phobic Disorders
98(12)
Eating Disorders
110(11)
Part III Borderline states
The Borderline State
121(6)
Borderline Personality Disorders
127(6)
Part IV Spacing disorders
Spacing Personality Disorders
133(8)
Schizophrenia
141(24)
Part V Reproductive disorders
Reproductive Success and Failure
165(11)
Homosexuality
176(11)
Sadomasochism
187(19)
Paedophilia
206(13)
Part VI Dreams, treatment, research, and the future
Sleep and Dreams
219(16)
Classification
235(5)
Treatment
240(18)
Research
258(17)
Towards A Science of Humanity
275(4)
Glossary 279(7)
Bibliography 286(15)
Index 301

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