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2nd Edition

Case Analyses for Abnormal Psychology
Learning to Look Beyond the Symptoms

ISBN 9781138904538
Published May 3, 2016 by Routledge
238 Pages

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Book Description

Case Analyses for Abnormal Psychology, Second Edition uses case studies to explore the etiology, biology, and dynamics of psychiatric disorders in the DSM-5. Readers will learn about the new classifications and treatments for disorders while simultaneously reading the personal history of each consumer both before and during the development of each case. Every case ends with a section on the particular disorder presented, as viewed from a biological perspective. This updated edition bridges advances in abnormal psychology and neuroscience in understanding mental illness.

Table of Contents

About the Authors Preface Acknowledgments Introduction 1. Major Perspectives and the Assumptions Each Makes About Human Behavior 2. Case Formulation Interviews: The Importance of Critical Thinking in the Clinical Process 3. Classification and Diagnosis  4. The Case of Ricky G: Schizophrenia 5. The Case of Barbara M: Major Depressive Disorder 6. The Case of Sally W: Bipolar Disorder 7.The Case of Carl V: Borderline Personality Disorder 8. The Case of Margaret H: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 9. The Case of Jacob T: Autism Spectrum Disorder 10. The Case of Sarah O: Bulimia Nervosa 11. The Case of Latisha Q: Panic Disorder 12.The Case of Richard B: Alcohol Use Disorder 13. The Case of Paula H: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder 14. The Case of Brighid C: Dissociative Identity Disorder 15. Wrapping Up the Journey References Index 

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Randall E. Osborne, PhD, is Professor of Psychology at Texas State University.

Joan Esterline Lafuze, PhD, is Professor of Biology at Indiana University East, Richmond and Research Associate at Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis.

David V. Perkins, PhD, is Professor of Psychological Science at Ball State University.


"This new edition has been updated to follow DSM-5. But it remains as unique in its presentation of psychological disorders as the first edition – very humanizing and more multidimensional than most books on abnormal psychology. And it gives readers multiple opportunities to arrive at their own conclusions. This is a text that truly emphasizes learning by doing!"—Alan D. Schmetzer, MD, Professor Emeritus and former Vice-Chair for Education, Department of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

Case Analyses provides an ideal framework for developing an enlightened approach to diagnosis and treatment of mental disorder that emphasizes critical thinking, sociocultural sensitivity, and insights about clinical cognitive bias. The work allows students to experience the thinking process of the effective clinician, which should facilitate sound decisions for students trying to decide whether or not to pursue a clinical career. A great contribution to the field.”—Jane S. Halonen, PhD, Professor Psychology, University of West Florida


“This timely text of case studies provides a unique entry into the matrix of major psychiatric syndromes with realistic vignettes that describe the impact of emotional illness and also highlights the complexity of diagnosis and treatment as well as social impact that these illnesses create for all. The acknowledgement of biological treatments beautifully illustrates the advancement of psychiatry and the hope for recovery both patients and families may now experience.”— Jeffrey J. Kellams, MD, Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Indiana University

"As I have worked as an advocate and support partner with individuals, families, and professionals affected by serious mental illnesses, one thing stands out: in a field sometimes fraught with complexities and confusion, stories and human relationships make a huge difference. Case Analyses for Abnormal Psychology: Learning to Look Beyond the Symptoms will be an invaluable resource for clinicians as they learn to engage the right questions, what makes our brains unique, and how to help people heal."—Joshua Sprunger, MA, Executive Director, NAMI Indiana