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Anxiety and Phobias: Phenomenologies, Concepts, Explanations  

Gerrit Glas

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
Philosophical issues with respect to anxiety and its pathological variants arise at the border between everyday and clinical understanding of anxiety, between clinical and scientific ... More

Autism and the Philosophy of Mind  

R. Peter Hobson

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
In order to understand the pathogenesis of autism, one needs to have an adequate framework within which to think about the nature of typical as well as atypical early human mental ... More

Body Image Disorders  

Katherine J. Morris

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter examines so-called body image disorders, focusing on body dysmorphic disorder, anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, and binge eating disorder. These disorders have been studied ... More

Boundary Problems: Negotiating the Challenges of Responsibility and Loss  

Jennifer Church

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
Many psychiatric disorders involve problems with the recognition and preservation of personal boundaries. Philosophy can help to clarify what is at stake, both socially and ... More

Clinical Judgment, Tacit Knowledge, and Recognition in Psychiatric Diagnosis  

Tim Thornton

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter contrasts the recent emphasis on operationalism as the route to reliability in psychiatry with arguments for an ineliminable role for tacit knowledge. Although Michael Polanyi ... More

Conceptual and Ethical Issues in the Prodromal Phase of Psychosis  

Matthew Broome, Paolo Fusar-Poli, and Philippe Wuyts

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
Our focus in this chapter is to address some of the philosophical issues that arise in the scientific and clinical study of the prodromal phase of psychosis. We discuss issues from both ... More

Cure and Recovery  

Larry Davidson

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter briefly discusses the history of the notion of "cure" in relation to serious mental illnesses from Pinel to the present day, including both theories on the nature of the ... More

Delusion: The Phenomenological Approach  

Louis A. Sass and Elizabeth Pienkos

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter offers an overview of the phenomenological approach to delusions, emphasizing what Karl Jaspers called the "true delusions" of schizophrenia. Phenomenological psychopathology ... More

Delusion: Cognitive Approaches—Bayesian Inference and Compartmentalization  

Martin Davies and Andy Egan

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Jun 2013
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Cognitive approaches contribute to our understanding of delusions by providing an explanatory framework that extends beyond the personal level to the sub personal level of ... More

Dementia is Dead, Long Live Ageing: Philosophy and Practice in Connection with “Dementia”  

Julian C. Hughes

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Jun 2013
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Dementia is dead, long live aging! This chapter sets out the philosophical sources for understanding working with "dementia." The concept, "dementia," serves no useful purpose. Even ... More

Depression and the Phenomenology of Free Will  

Matthew Ratcliffe

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter offers a phenomenological account of impaired agency in depression. It begins by briefly considering some first-person descriptions of how depression affects the ability to ... More

Depression, Decisional Capacity, and Personal Autonomy  

Lubomira Radoilska

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter aims to address two related challenges the phenomenon of depression raises for theories which present autonomy as an agency concept and an independent source of justification. ... More

Diagnostic Prediction and Prognosis: Getting from Symptom to Treatment  

Michael A. Bishop and J. D. Trout

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
Psychiatric diagnosis and prognosis is fraught with important philosophical and conceptual problems. This chapter focuses on some epistemological issues (What evidence justifies the belief ... More

Discourse and Diseases of the Psyche  

Grant Gillett and Rom Harré

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Jun 2013
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The discursive approach to psychiatry, taking as it does an ethological approach to the human organism, directs us to rules and story lines that structure our ways of dealing with the ... More

Emerging Policy Issues for Psychology: A Key to the Future of the Profession  

Patrick H. DeLeon, Mary Beth Kenkel, Jill M. Oliveira Gray, and Morgan T. Sammons

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May 2014
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Nov 2014
Involvement in the public policy process is essential to the continued growth of the profession of psychology. The authors posit that five dimensions of involvement in the policy process ... More

Empathic Foundations of Clinical Knowledge  

Nancy Nyquist Potter

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Jun 2013
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Sep 2013
This chapter sets out several views of empathy that draw not only on psychology's literature but on philosophical and psychiatric writings. Empathy is a set of complex concepts involving ... More

The Epistemological Value of Depression Memoirs: A Meta-Analysis  

Jennifer Radden and Somogy Varga

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Jun 2013
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This chapter argues that despite the recent, welcome interest in autobiographical writing about depression, its use for research purposes presents an epistemological challenge because the ... More

A Field in Flux: The History of Rehabilitation Psychology  

Elisabeth Sherwin

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Jul 2012
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Nov 2012
Rehabilitation psychology is a field in flux. With roots in the early legislation to protect those injured in the course of their job or duty (or both), the field now faces those very same ... More

From Madness to Mental Illness: Psychiatry and Biopolitics in Michel Foucault  

Federico Leoni

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Jun 2013
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This chapter explores Michel Foucault's contribution to a critical assessment of modern and contemporary psychiatric practice. It focuses firstly on the History of Madness (1961): the ... More

Future Directions for Hoarding Research  

Gail Steketee and Randy O. Frost

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Jan 2014
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Feb 2014
The history of research on hoarding behavior has been very brief, spanning only about 20 years. Accordingly, this volume provides the first comprehensive compendium of the most current ... More

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