1st Edition

The Origins and Course of Common Mental Disorders

By Prof David Goldberg, Ian M Goodyer Copyright 2005
    248 Pages
    by Routledge

    246 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    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.


    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

    '...this fascinating book will provoke and intrigue but the key focus on what the community really suffers from - as opposed to what psychiatrists end up treating - is a sobering and ominous warning about how detached many in the profession can get from the real world out there.'

    Raj Persaud in the British Journal of Psychiatry