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Understanding Mental Disorders

A Philosophical Approach to the Medicine of the Mind, 1st Edition

By Daniel Lafleur, Christopher Mole, Holly Onclin

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164 pages | 54 B/W Illus.

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Description

Understanding Mental Disorders aims to help current and future psychiatrists, and those who work with them, to think critically about the ethical, conceptual, and methodological questions that are raised by the theory and practice of psychiatry. It considers questions that concern the mind’s relationship to the brain, the origins of our norms for thinking and behavior, and the place of psychiatry in medicine, and in society more generally. With a focus on the current debates around psychiatry’s diagnostic categories, the authors ask where these categories come from, if psychiatry should be looking to find new categories that are based more immediately on observations of the brain, and whether psychiatrists need to employ any diagnostic categories at all. The book is a unique guide for readers who want to think carefully about the mind, mental disorders, and the practice of psychiatric medicine.

Table of Contents

Part I: Mental disorder 1.1 What is mental disorder? 1.2. What makes a mental disorder mental? 1.3. What makes a mental disorder disordered? Part II: Psychiatry and society 2.1. Two ways in which social factors can contribute to mental disorder 2.2 Are we changing people when we should be changing societies? 2.3 Sexuality and disobedience Part III: Dodging nosology 3.1 Psychiatric diagnosis 3.2 Psychiatry without diagnostic categories 3.3 Categories unlike chemistry's 3.4 Giving the brain no more than its due

About the Authors

Daniel Lafleur, MD, CM, FRCPC is a clinical associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Christopher Mole, BA (Hons), PhD is a professor of philosophy, and chair of the Cognitive Systems Program, at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver.

Holly Onclin, BA (Hons) is a graduate of the Honours in Philosophy program at the University of British Columbia and freelance illustrator in Vancouver.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI015000
PHILOSOPHY / Mind & Body
PSY020000
PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
PSY036000
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health