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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 McHBecause 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....

Title : The Concepts of Psychiatry: A Pluralistic Approach to the Mind and Mental Illness
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ISBN : 9780801873775
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 368 Pages
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  • Esther Buddenhagen
    2019-03-26 09:53

    This is a very worthwhile study of the uses and abuses of science in mental health and medicine in general, as well as of the role of philosophy in determining mental health approaches. Some of the philosophical efforts have weak spots, but on the whole, this is worth reading for an understanding of the limits of mental health treatment; the limits of science, the importance of discipline in choosing and following treatment modalities, and the problems with blindly asserting one's membership in the biopsychosocial model of analysis and treatment. It is easy enough for lay readers, and lay readers would definitely benefit.

  • Jason Rosenstock
    2019-03-15 10:34

    Powerful, dense, thoughtful, uneven, inspiring. This book is an impressive accomplishment for Ghaemi--always thought-provoking and challenging. I wrestled with some of the concepts--I got defensive--I cheered--I skipped bits. But overall well worth reading.

  • Nastassja
    2019-03-13 03:50

    Basic of Modern Psychopathology.