Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense (Paperback)

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Understanding the true nature of mental illness is essential for interpreting disparate research results, establishing accurate diagnostic profiles, setting robust research agendas, and optimizing therapeutic interventions. Psychopathology currently lacks a unifying framework. Mental Illness Defined: Continuums, Regulation, and Defense provides such a framework by filling the knowledge gap. Continuums, as opposed to numerous discrete entities, characterize mental illness. Impaired regulation fosters extreme expressions of mental illness continuums, an occurrence that can be compensated for by "cognitive regulatory control therapies." Defenses tend to moderate behavior, although excessive levels foster dysfunction, as with personality disorders. The model presented aligns with neuroscience and other relevant data, thereby placing psychopathology on a more scientific foundation to advance the aims of both researchers and treatment providers.

About the Author

Brad Bowins, MD, directs the Centre for Theoretical Research in Psychiatry & Clinical Psychology, which he founded to advance theoretical research, provide guidelines, and support research on mental illness.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781138200609
ISBN-10: 1138200603
Publisher: Routledge
Publication Date: November 8th, 2016
Pages: 234
Language: English