Case Analyses for Abnormal Psychology
Learning to Look Beyond the Symptoms
Psychology Press – 2000 – 222 pages
This casebook provides rich, detailed examples of the major mental illnesses. In addition, it also includes up-to-date information about the biological nature of these disorders, comprehensive approaches to treatment, and critical thinking and questioning pauses. As an added feature, this text incorporates multiple treatment providers including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and psychiatric nurse practitioners. Before delving into the detailed cases, the text provides introductory chapters on: perspectives in abnormal psychology, diagnostic and therapeutic interviewing, classification and diagnosis, assessment procedures, introductory comments about each case, and therapeutic strategies. Readers learn about the personal history of each consumer both before and during the development of each case. Most cases also include in-depth interviews with individuals close to the consumer. Every case ends with a section on that particular disorder as viewed from a biological perspective. Treatment approaches are applied as appropriate as well as discussions centring on why other treatment techniques have been ruled out as viable options.
1. Major Perspectives and the Assumption Each makes About Human Behaviour 2. Diagnostic and Therapeutic Interviews: The Importance of Critical Thinking 3. Classification and Diagnosis 4. The Case of Ricky G. - Schizophrenia 5. The Case of Barbara M. - Clinical Depression 6. The Case of Sally W. - Bipolar Disorder 7. The Case of Carl V. - Borderline Personality Disorder 8. The Case of Margaret H. - Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder 9. The Case of Jacob T. - Autistic Disorder 10. The Case of Sarah O. - Bulimia Nervosa 11. The Case of Latisha Q. - Panic Disorder 12. The Case of Richard B. - Alcohol Addiction 13. The Case of Paul H. - Posttraumatic Stress Disorder 14. The Case of 0righid C. - Dissociative Identity Disorder 15. Wrapping Up the Journey.