Schizophrenia and its Treatment: Where is the Progress?

ISBN : 9780199974443

Matthew M. Kurtz
240 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Dec 2015
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This volume aims to explain why, despite profound advances in psychological science and neuroscientific analyses of schizophrenia, outcomes for the disorder have changed little over the past 100 years. More specifically, the book provides a critical analysis of the limiting role on treatment development of diagnostic classifications and views of the disorder as caused by a " pathology, and instead promotes the idea of individually tailored, multimodal treatment for distinct disorder features (e.g., positive symptoms, cognitive deficits). Each of these features of schizophrenia may or may not be present in different individuals with the same diagnosis. These features may also bear little functional relationship to one another. This aim is achieved through a critical integration of contemporary psychological scientific and neuroscientific analyses of schizophrenia, as well as research on psychological and somatic treatments. Historical perspectives on diagnosis and treatment are considered as well.

About the author: 

Matthew M. Kurtz received his BA in Psychology from Reed College and his PhD in Psychology and Neuroscience from Princeton University. He is an associate professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Behavior at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT where he is also Chair of the Neuroscience and Behavior Program. He has published over 50 academic papers and chapters on topics related to cognition and rehabilitation in schizophrenia.

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