Experiences of Schizophrenia
An Integration of the Personal, Scientific, and Therapeutic
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In this important new volume, Michael Robbins presents an explication of schizophrenia unique in both its breadth and depth. His work renders this mysterious condition much more comprehensible, and offers both theoreticians and clinicians of different scientific orientations new possibilities for treatment and interdisciplinary collaboration. The book interweaves an explication of the nature and treatment of schizophrenia, drawn from interlocking perspectives including organic, psychological, interpersonal, familial, and socio-cultural, with five of the most detailed case reports of treatment to be found in the literature. This volume is aimed at psychiatrists, psychoanalysts, clinical psychologists, and social workers working with persons with schizophrenia and other severe pathologies.
Table of Contents
The Groundwork. Introduction. What is Schizophrenia? A Hierarchical Systems Model for Mental Illness. Data and Methodology. Part II: Cases I. The Extremes of Outcome. Case I: Emily: An Unusually Successful Treatment. Case 2: Edward: A Multi-System Failure. Part III: Viewpoints on Schizophrenia: A Pluralistic Model. The Perspective of Neuroscience. Constitutional Vulnerability and an Epigenetic Model. Introduction to a Psychoanalytic Systems Perspective. The Psychology System. The Family System. Society and Culture. Part IV: The Treatment of Schizophrenia. Evaluation and Treatment Planning from a Systems Perspective. Studies of the Efficacy of Psychological Treatment. Psychotherapeutic Technique and Process. The Psychological Perspective: Stages of Therapy. Treatment in the Mental Hospital. Illustrations of Crises in Hospital Treatment and Considerations of Family Treatment. Treatment of the Organism Under Stress. Part V: Cases II. The Middle Range of Outcome. Case 4: Joanna: A Positive Outcome. Case 3: Rachel: The Choice to Remain Ill. Case 5: Celia: Treatment of a Chronic Schizophrenic. Part VI: Conclusion. Systems and Interventions in Schizophrenia: A Reprise. References.