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The Origins and Course of Common Mental Disorders

1st Edition

By Prof David Goldberg, Ian M Goodyer


248 pages

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Why are some people more vulnerable to common mental disorders than others?

What effects do genes and environments exert on the development of mental disorders?

The Origins and Course of Common Mental Disorders describes the nature, characteristics and causes of common emotional and behavioural disorders as they develop across the lifespan, providing a clear and concise account of recent advances in our knowledge of the origins and history of anxious, depressive, anti-social, and substance related disorders.

Combining a lifespan approach with developments in neurobiology, this book describes the epidemiology of emotional and behavioural disorders in childhood, adolescence and adult life. David Goldberg and Ian Goodyer demonstrate how both genes and environments exert different but key effects on the development of these disorders and suggest a developmental model as the most appropriate for determining vulnerabilities for psychopathology. Divided into four sections, the book covers:

the nature and distribution of common mental disorders

the biological basis of common disorders

the human life cycle relevant to common disorders

the developmental model.

This highly readable account of the origins of emotional and behavioural disorders will be of interest to behavioural science students and all mental health professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and counsellors.

Table of Contents

List of Figures. List of Tables. Eisenberg, Foreword. Introduction. Part I: The Nature and Distribution of Common Mental Disorders. Competing Models for Common Mental Disorders. The Distribution of Common Mental Disorders. Part II: The Biological Basis of Common Disorders. Genes and Environment. The Brain, Neuro-chemical Codes and Immunity. Part III: The Human Life Cycle Relevant to Common Disorders. Infancy. Childhood. Adolescence. Adult Life and Old Age. Part IV: The Model Proposed. Destabilisation: The Emergence and Release of Common Mental Disorders. Restitution. Synthesis: Vulnerability, Destabilisation & Restitution. Prevention of Common Mental Disorders.

About the Authors

David Goldberg is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London

Ian Goodyer is Foundation Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge

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