The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress: Comparisons With Psychotherapy and Placebo, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Limits of Biological Treatments for Psychological Distress

Comparisons With Psychotherapy and Placebo, 1st Edition

Edited by Seymour Fisher, Roger P. Greenberg


384 pages

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Broadly scanning the biologically oriented treatments for psychological disorders in 20th century psychiatry, the authors raise serious questions about the efficacy of the somatic treatments for psychological distress and challenge the widespread preference for biologically based treatments as the treatments of choice. For graduate and undergraduate courses in clinical, social, and health psychology, behavioral medicine, psychotherapy and psychoanalysis. psychopharmacology, psychiatry, and clinical social work.


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Table of Contents

Contents: R.P. Greenberg, S. Fisher, Examining Antidepressant Effectiveness: Findings, Ambiguities, and Some Vexing Puzzles. E.J. Murray, Measurement Issues in the Evaluation of Psychopharmacological Therapy. R.S. Lipman, Pharmacotherapy of the Anxiety Disorders. B.P. Karon, Psychotherapy Versus Medication for Schizophrenia: Empirical Comparisons. D. McGuiness, ention Deficit Disorder: The Emperor's Clothes, Animal "Pharm," and Other Fiction. M.J. Dewan, M. Koss, Clinical Impact of the Side Effects of Psychotropic Drugs. S.E. Cleveland, Personality Factors in the Mediation of Drug Response. S. Halperin, Analysis of Statistical Procedures and Designs Commonly Used in Drug Research Studies. H.A. Sackeim, The Efficacy of Electroconvulsive Therapy in the Treatment of Major Depressive Disorder. S. Fisher, R.P. Greenberg, A Second Opinion: Rethinking the Claims of Biological Psychiatry.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Clinical Psychology