Evolutionary Psychiatry: A New Beginning

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Psychology Press, 2000 - Medical - 310 pages

Challenging a medical model which has supplied few effective answers to long-standing conundrums, Evolutionary Psychiatry proposes a new conceptual framework for psychiatry based on Darwinian theory.

Anthony Stevens and John Price argue that psychiatric symptoms are manifestations of ancient adaptive strategies which are no longer necessarily appropriate but which can best be understood and treated in an evolutionary and developmental context. They propose theories to account for the widespread existence of affective disorders, borderline states and schizophrenia, as well as offering solutions for puzzles such as sadomasochism and the function of dreams.

This comprehensive introduction to the new science of Darwinian Psychiatry is readily accessible to both the specialist and non-specialist reader. It describes in detail the disorders and conditions commonly encountered in psychiatric practice and show how evolutionary theory can account for their biological origins and functional nature.

 

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Contents

HISTORICAL BACKGROUND
3
HUMAN NATURE ITS EVOLUTION AND DEVELOPMENT
11
PRINCIPLES OF PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
30
ATTACHMENT RANK AND PSYCHIATRY
44
MOOD DISORDERS
59
PERSONALITY DISORDERS
84
OBSESSIONAL DISORDERS
94
ANXIETY AND PHOBIC DISORDERS
98
REPRODUCTIVE SUCCESS AND FAILURE
165
HOMOSEXUALITY
176
SADOMASOCHISM
187
PAEDOPHILIA
206
SLEEP AND DREAMS
219
CLASSIFICATION
235
TREATMENT
240
RESEARCH
258

EATING DISORDERS
110
THE BORDERLINE STATE
121
BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDERS
127
SPACING PERSONALITY DISORDERS
133
SCHIZOPHRENIA
141
TOWARDS A SCIENCE OF HUMANITY
275
Glossary
279
Bibliography
286
Index
301
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