With two new lead authors, the sixth edition of Psychiatric Diagnosis continues its thirty-five year tradition of providing a clear, critical and well-documented overview of major psychiatric syndromes, with minimum inclusion of unwieldy theories or clinical opinions. Medical students and psychiatric residents will continue to find this new edition to be a unique guide to the field-a volume that concisely yet comprehensively dissects major psychiatric disorders. Well-known for providing a thorough yet concise view of the natural history of basic psychiatric disorders, this popular text has been extensively updated, chapter by chapter, in this sixth edition. Terminology has been made consistent with DSM-IV-TR and updates made to include recent genetic and neurobiological findings. In the classification of psychiatric disorders, new data on follow-up and family/genetic studies, confirming and extending previous research, are provided. As in previous editions, each chapter systematically covers the definition, historical background, epidemiology, clinical picture, natural history, complications, family studies, differential diagnosis, and clinical management of each disorder.
Some specific areas of new material include the long term course of mood disorders, genetics and neuro-imaging of schizophrenia and mood and other disorders, cognitive changes in relation to depression and dementia, brain stimulation techniques, outcome studies of eating disorders, and epidemiology of drug use disorders. In accordance with current medical community interest and research, entirely new chapters on posttraumatic stress disorder and borderline personality disorder have been included. Additionally, a new introduction reviews the background of medical model psychiatry and the empirical approach to psychiatric nosology. With this new edition, medical students and psychiatric residents will continue to discover that no other text provides such a lucid, well-documented and critically sound overview of the major syndromes in psychiatry.
"This book has been and continues to be a superb contribution to psychiatry and medicine. Outstanding reviews of the literature for the various psychiatric disorders including mood, schizophrenic, panic and phobic, post-traumatic stress, obsessive-compulsive, eating, somatization, antisocial personality, borderline personality, alcoholism, drug dependence, delirium and dementia...should be required reading for all psychiatrists."
-- Michael Schrift, D.O., M.A. (University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine) Doody's Review
" . . . (the first edition) . . . . was one of the great dementia the field . . . The fifth edition of Psychiatric Diagnosis hews to the authors' previous high standards. Once again, we are treated to a clearly written, empirically based compilation of basic knowledge about 11 major categories of mental disorder. And, once again, the authors' commitment to agnosticism remains as pure as ever. In a field that continues to be tendentious, these authors steadfastly resist temptations to advance any agenda beyond the scientific."
-- Contemporary Psychology
"Twenty-two years after first being published, this significant book continues its role as an important work in the area of psychiatric diagnosis. It offers conciseness, clarity, and simplicity while providing a quick overview of the most essential core of psychiatric disorders."
"The book was clearly written, entertaining... The book retains its original style-readability combined with a no-nonsense approach that is refreshingly jargon-free. I highly recommend this book."
-- Annals of Clinical Psychiatry
It is intended for medical students, psychiatric residents, psychiatrists, and anyone in the mental health field.