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The Disordered Mind, Paperback / softback Book

The Disordered Mind Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback


The Disordered Mind, Third Edition, is a wide-ranging introduction to the philosophy of mental disorder or illness.

It examines and explains, from a philosophical standpoint, what mental disorder is: Its reality, causes, consequences, compassionate treatment, and more.

Revised and updated throughout, the third edition includes enhanced discussions of the distinction between mental health and illness, selfhood and delusions about the self, impairments of basic psychological capacities in mental disorder, and the distinct roles that mental causation and neural mechanisms play in mental illness.

The book is organized around four questions:* What is a mental disorder or illness?* What makes mental disorder something bad?* What are various mental disorders and what do they tell us about the mind?* What is mental health and how may it be restored?Numerous disorders are discussed, including addiction, agoraphobia, delusion, depression, dissociative identity disorder, obsession-compulsion, schizophrenia, and religious scrupulosity, among others.

Several neurological disorders are examined. Various problems associated with DSM-5 and with psychiatric diagnosis are explored.

Including chapter summaries and suggestions for further reading, The Disordered Mind is an ideal text for courses in philosophy and should appeal to not just philosophers, but to readers in cognitive science, psychology, psychiatry, and related mental health professions.


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