The History of Mental Symptoms: Descriptive Psychopathology Since the Nineteenth Century

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Cambridge University Press, 11.4.1996 - 565 sivua
This important book, written by a psychiatrist-historian, traces the genesis of the descriptive categories of psychopathology and examines their interaction with the psychological and philosophical context within which they arose. The author explores particularly the language and ideas that have characterized descriptive psychopathology from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day. He presents a masterful survey of the history of the main psychiatric symptoms, from the metaphysics of classical antiquity to the operational criteria of today. Tracing the evolution of concepts such as memory, consciousness, will and personality, and of symptoms ranging from catalepsy and aboulia to anxiety and self-harm, this book provides fascinating insights into the subjective nature of mental illness, and into the ideas of British, Continental and American authorities who have clarified and defined it.
 

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Matters historical
7
Descriptive psychopathology
15
Cognition and consciousness
33
Disorders of perception
35
Thought disorder
71
Delusions
85
Obsessions and compulsions
140
Mental Retardation
157
The anhedonias
332
Volition and action
349
The will and its disorders
351
Feelings of fatigue
369
Catalepsy catatonia and stupor
378
Tremor rigidity akathisia and stereotypy
397
Miscellany
417
Personality and its disorders
419

Cognitive impairment
172
Memory and its disorders
208
Consciousness and its disorders
229
Mood and emotions
261
Anxiety and cognate disorders
263
Affect and its disorders
289
Selfharm
443
References
455
Name Index
534
Subject Index
555
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